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Butler on the Map

Samuel Butler was a prolific photographer, who travelled extensively in Europe in the 1880s and 1890s, as well as in southern England, where he lived. His 'snap-shots' (as he referred to them) of the places he visited and the people he met are charming, humorous, poignant, and very accomplished for an amateur. He also drew and painted scenes from his travels, and many of his artworks capture the strong affection he felt for the places he loved to visit. The Library holds five albums of Butler's photographic prints and about 1600 of his original glass plate negatives. The titles of the photographs are taken from Butler's own labels. On this map, hosted on Historypin, you can explore a selection of images from the Butler Collection.

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