As January has been a quiet month for new accessions this month we feature a fascinating set of images of Yorkshire acquired from the Brotherton family in 2016.
The William Boyne folios comprise 10 volumes of images of Yorkshire collected by William Boyne (1814-1893). A numismatist, traveller and collector, Boyne was born in Leeds. He followed his father into tobacco importing and wholesale, but ill health forced him to sell the business in 1853. Afterwards Boyne moved to London where he dedicated his time to acquiring coins and engravings.
Boyne’s collection of 30,000 coins and tokens was so impressive that he became well known as a numismatist. Travelling was one of his passions, and Boyne also gathered images of the places he visited. Boyne was particularly keen on his native Yorkshire and amassed many engravings, lithographs and photographs of the county.
Boyne had these images bound into 10 large volumes. These include photographs by the early photographer Roger Fenton (1819-1869). The pioneering Fenton was one of the first war photographers. In 1854 he went to Balaklava during the Crimean War to record images of the conflict. Most of his photographs were of stationery objects because of the long exposures dictated by his equipment. Fenton avoided photographing wounded or dead soldiers.
When Fenton returned to England, he travelled around Britain photographing buildings and landscapes. Boyne collected some of his images of Yorkshire. Later he had the photographs bound into 10 leather volumes together with engravings and lithographs of the county. These have been digitised and can be seen on the catalogue of the William Boyne folios.