Conservation, digitisation and online publication of images from the George Mansfield Personal Photographic Archive.
Kildare Local Studies, Genealogy & Archives arranged the conservation and digitisation of unique original 19th Century photographs and negatives from the George Mansfield Photographic Archive with the support of Creative Ireland. A selection of these images will be permanently available in digital format on the Kildare Library Service website, thus increasing accessibility and awareness of this unique collection. The conservation, digitisation and making a selection of the images from the collection available online is an important initiative.
The images date from c.1869 to 1889 and include images from the Naas area, members of the Mansfield Family, of Morristown Lattin along with scenes from France where the family spent time.
George Mansfield, of Morristown Lattin County Kildare, was a significant figure in nineteenth century Irish photography. Originally a chemist by profession, he joined the Dublin Photographic Society in 1856. He was offering photographic services in Grafton Street, Dublin by 1857 while in the 1860s himself and his brother had opened their own photographic studio at 60 Grafton Street. George Mansfield received the lucrative commission to photograph the Prince of Wales at the opening of the International Exhibition in Earlsfort Terrace. He was President of the Photographic Society of Ireland in the 1890s.
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