Cornelius Jabez Hughes

Dates1819 - 1884
RolesPhotographer, Daguerreotypist
BornUnited Kingdom

An early student of phrenology and related pseudo-scientific subjects, Cornelius Jabez Hughes was an assistant to John Jabez Edwin Mayall in London. After 1847 he moved to Glasgow, where he opened his own successful studio. He became active in the Glasgow Photographic Society in the early 1850s; in 1855 he returned to London and bought Mayall's studio. Hughes later built the Regina House Studio in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Queen Victoria, who had a residence there, and other members of the British royal family became frequent visitors.

Hughes published frequently on the subject of photography, basing his writings on his own photographic successes, including often-cited articles with quirky titles such as "About Light, and About Lighting the Sitter; with Some Reflections About the Room in Which He is Lighted." One of the most popular photographers in England in his day, Hughes died at age sixty-five.