WHARTON, Henry Thornton (1846–1895). 1/6 plate ambrotype

WHARTON, Henry Thornton (1846–1895). 1/6 plate ambrotype

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WHARTON, Henry Thornton (1846–1895). Sixth plate ambrotype of a young man taken in profile, mounted within a decorative matt and preserver in a full plain leather case. On the reverse written in ink on backing card "H.T.Wharton Feb.5 1866".

Henry Thornton Wharton was born in 1846 in Mitcham, Surrey, the son of Henry James Wharton (1798–1859), vicar of Mitcham, whose ancestors had long been settled at Winfarthing in Norfolk. His mother Mary was a daughter of Thomas Peregrine Courtenay. He was educated at Charterhouse and at Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated with honours in natural science in 1871. He was best known for a book on Sappho (1885) which passed through four editions. He was also one of the joint compilers of the official list of British birds issued by the British Ornithologists' Union (1883), his special task being to supervise and elucidate the Latin nomenclature; and he contributed a chapter on the local flora to a work entitled Hampstead Hill (1889). (ODNB)

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