Mrs Rose Teanby

Job: PhD student

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Rose joined PHRC in 2019 to pursue research into early women photographers building on independent studies. Trained as a photographer and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society since 1983, Rose focused on portraiture before a long break to raise a family. 

In 2015 one of Rose’s portraits was accepted into the National Portrait Gallery and the following year she completed a portrait project focusing of women in a man’s world. Rose led a successful crowdfund to restore the neglected grave of Victorian photographer Robert Howlett, completed with a rededication ceremony in October 2017.

Rose’s early photographic history interests have been the subject of lectures hosted at the National Portrait Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne Literary and Philosophical Society, SS Great Britain and many other regional venues. She is a member of the Royal Photographic Society Historical Group, regularly contributing to their annual research days, the PhotoHistorian and RPS Journal. She has provided collaborative guest blogs for the Royal Society and Talbot Catalogue Raisonné and regularly shares her research with photographic collections, galleries and museums worldwide.

Publications and outputs

PhotoHistorian Spring 2020 - The Ladies of 1853, The First Women of the Photographic Society

Research interests/expertise

  • Early Women Photographers
  • Photographic History
  • History of women in art, science, astronomy, politics and society
  • Early adoption of photography in civil engineering
  • Pre photographic camera obscura use

Conference attendance

  • Who Will Teach Mary Anne? A Brief History of Women’s Photographic Education in England before 1860
  • Camera Education, Photographic Histories of Visual Literacy, Schooling and the Imagination, Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) conference, De Montfort University, 16th June, 2020
  • Interrupted Experiments in Optics - James Watt and the extemporised camera obscura  -  Rethinking James Watt (1736-1819): Innovation, Culture and Legacy conference, Birmingham University, 31st August, 2019
  • Mrs Cooke and Miss Wigley, The First Women Commercial Photographers in England
  • Women, Work and Commerce in the Creative Industries Conference, Britain 1750 - 1950, Westminster University, London, 9th February, 2019
  • Anna Atkins, Her Life and Legacy, Anna Atkins Symposium, New York Public Library, New York, 3rd November, 2018

PhD project

PhD title

Early Women Photographers and the influence of common law 1839-1861