Lewis Harding: Cornwall's Pioneer Photographer
Lewis Harding taught at a Roman Catholic Seminary in Sydney, Australia, for eleven years, including a term at the notorious penal settlement on Norfolk Island. He returned from Australia in 1847 suffering from a nervous breakdown. Under the care of a well known ichthyologist and natural historian, Dr. Jonathan Couch, Lewis Harding may have taken up photography as extended therapy and to illustrate a work Couch was involved with during the early 1850s, The History of Polpeno.
Quotes from others about the person
Andrew Lanyon: "Harding's photographs span the wet-plate period and are a mixture of portrait and genre."