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He inherited the Heathfield estate , Swansea , in 1847 , and built streets which are now in the centre of the city, naming one Mansel Street in memory of his half-brother and another Portia Street in memory of his second wife. He left Swansea in 1853 to live for a time in Brussels before settling in Bath , where he d. 7 Nov. 1877 . He was buried in the family chapel in St. Mary's Church , Swansea , but all was destroyed during World War II . He had one daughter of the first marriage and two of the second.
Before becoming a photographer Calvert Jones had shown that he was a skilful artist and his watercolours show a strong feeling for colour and form. He took a great interest in the sea and maritime objects, ships being his favourite subject for his paintings and photographs. He composed his pictures carefully but was venturesome and he considered his photographic work to be an artistic product. It was not until a century after his death that the clarity of his vision was recognised and he was acknowledged to be one of the most important pioneers of photography .
There are collections of his work in London at the National Science Museum , the Victoria and Albert Musuem and the National Maritime Museum , and in Wales at the National Library , Aberystwyth , and at the Glynn Vivian Gallery and in the collection of the Royal Institution , Swansea . His letters to Fox Talbot are in the Lacock Abbey collection .
Iwan Meical Jones, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001