1880 - age 56
Photograph by Lock and Whitfield.
Published as a Woodburytype in a book in 1880 together with a biography -- shown below. A Woodburytype is not quite a photograph - it is a photomechanical gelatin reproduction. A method for printing photographs invented by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885) in 1866. It became popular in book illustration from 1875. The prints are cut and mounted and are virtually indistinguishable from a true photographic print.






LDEST son of the late William Collins, R.A., the distinguished painter of rural life and coast scenery, was born in London in 1824. After being educated at a private school, and spending two years with his parents in Italy, he entered the office of a firm in the tea trade. Exchanging commerce for law, he was 


a student of Lincoln’s Inn at the time of his father’s death, and his earliest literary performance was an admirable biography of his father, with selections from his journals and correspondence (1848). Mr. Collins now devoted himself exclusively to literature, and published in succession: “Antonina, or the Fall of Rome,” a romance of the fifth century; “Rambles beyond Railways,” an account of a pedestrian tour he made in Cornwall; “Basil,” a story of modern life; “Hide and Seek, or the Mystery of Mary Grice;” “After Dark;” “The Dead Secret;” “The Queen of Hearts;” “The Woman in White”(1860); “No Name;” “My Miscellanies” (2 vols. 1863), being a collection of his contributions to periodical literature; “Armadale;” “The Moonstone;” “Man and Wife ;“ “Poor Miss Finch,” a domestic story; “Miss or Mrs ?” “The New Magdalen;” “The Law and the Lady;” “The Two Destinies,” a romance; “The Fallen Leaves;” “A Rogue’s Life from his Birth to his Marriage;” “The Haunted Hotel,” a mystery of modern Venice; and “Jezebel’s Daughter,” recently published. Many of Mr. Collins’s novels originally appeared as serials in “Household Words,” “All the Year Round,” “The Cornhill Magazine,” and other periodicals. His principal works have passed through several editions, both in this country and the United States, and have been translated into French, Italian, German, Dutch, Danish, and Russian. He is a member of the Guild of Literature and Art, and took a prominent part in the amateur performances which were got up for its benefit. He wrote the “Lighthouse,” a drama, first played in private at Tavistock House, and afterwards produced at the Olympic Theatre. In 1857 his unpublished drama, entitled “The Frozen Deep,” was first produced at Tavistock House; Mr. Dickens and other amateurs performing it with great success. It was afterwards brought out with the same cast at the Gallery of Illustration, for the benefit of the “Jerrold Fund;” the Queen having previously witnessed a private represen­tation at that place. Dramatic versions, by Mr. Collins himself, of “The Moonstone,” “Man and Wife,” “The Woman in White,” “Armadale,” and “The New Magdalen,” have been performed in England, in the United States, and on the Continent of Europe. About seven years ago Mr. Collins visited the United States, where he gave public readings from his works in the principal cities.


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