London, South Kensington
5 November 1992
THOMAS SUTTON/A. ROSS, London
A 10 x 5½ inch mahogany-body Sutton Panoramic camera with lacquered brass fittings, rear focusing screw, top-mounted locking screw, lacquered brass horizontal plate with bubble and cross-bubble,, removable focusing screen section, rising front, hinged lens cover, inset plate Ross, London and a T. Ross, London panoramic lens no. 31 signed Sutton's Patent Panoramic Lens made by T. Ross, London. No. 31; a curved mahogany single darkslide with brass clips and an unexposed clear curved-glass plate.
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Smith (1975), Antique Cameras, p. 80-81.
Coe (1978), Cameras, p. 174-175.
Kingslake (1989), A history of the photographic lens, p. 50-51.
Thomas Sutton was granted a patent for a water-filled wide-angle lens on 28 September 1859 (no. 2193) and curved plates. His first cameras using the lens were made by Frederick Cox and took plates 6 x 15 inches. A second model, in two versions, by Cox appeared in April 1860 taking plates 3 x 7 inches or paper negatives 10 x 25 inches. According to Sutton by November 1860 no more than five or six examples had been made because of problems in obtaining suitable optical glass.
In January 1860 Sutton announced that Thomas Ross would take over the manufacture of the camera and lens. Smith suggests that the Ross cameras were actually made by Ottewill. The Ross cameras do not seem to have been advertised after 1862.
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