Cahen Collection

Scope and Content

Two of the albums are collections of Cahen's portraits, one relating to literary and artistic individuals; the other medical men, especially the staff at St Bartholomews Hospital, London. The other three relate to Cahen's journeys to Poland, France and Germany before the 1st World War. The portrait albums mostly incorporate press cuttings relating to the subjects.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Cahen (1880-1961), photographer, was born in London, son of Albert Cahen, banker, and his wife Frederica. Educated at Marlborough. Studied Chemistry at the Royal College of Science from 1900, and joined the staff there 1907-11. Travelled in Brittany, The Schwarzwald and Poland prior to becoming a demonstrator at St Bartholomews Hospital, London, in 1913. In 1917 he moved to the National Explosives Co Ltd in Cornwall. He retired in about 1923, and died in 1961 at Bovey Tracey, Devon.


Separate albums cover the portraits and the topographical photographs

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The collection was bequeathed to the University by Edward Cahen in 1961.

Other Finding Aids

The collection is partially listed

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL arrangements apply

Custodial History

The photographs themselves have been left inside the albums in which they were presented to the university. Loose material is being removed to be listed separately.

Related Material

Philip Stokes, 'Photography as a cultural nexus: the photographs of Edward Cahen' in Michael Hallett (ed), Rewriting Photographic History: a one day conference to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first public announcement of the invention of photography, 1839-1989, Birmingham Polytechnic 29 September 1989 (The Article Press, 1989)


Some of the portrait photographs were published. The collection includes some examples of published versions.