Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Clutterbuck, Walter John[1]

Male 1853 - 1937  (84 years)


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  • Name Clutterbuck, Walter John 
    Born 1853  Hardenhuish, Wiltshire, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1887  Windermere, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1887  East Kootenay Region, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1937  Aylsham, Norfolk, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I308  Camera Workers | C, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2017 

  • Documents
    How not to photograph a bear in the wild, 1887.
    How not to photograph a bear in the wild, 1887.
    An illustration from Lees and Clutterbuck's book B.C. 1887: A Ramble in British Columbia (1889).

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Amateur.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: He recorded his exploration adventures in B.C. 1887: A Ramble In British Columbia. His nickname was the Skipper and it was under this nom de plume that an amusing story is told in chapter 29 about an attempt to photograph a bear:

      The Skipper [W.J. Clutterbuck] had come out here with the intention of taking a photograph of a live bear in his native wilds, a thing which he understood had never been done before, and which he was fully convinced he was the man to accomplish. The idea was that he and Jim were to prowl about until they found the animal at lunch, fix the camera, and get all ready; then put a bullet through his ear just to attract his attention, and take him in the very act of charging, shooting him dead of course just before he reached the apparatus. Somehow, whenever we had the camera ready we did not come upon bears, and when we found bears it never seemed to be the right time for fetching camera, and so this great idea fell through. Not to disappoint our readers, however, we give a sketch of how the programme should have been carried out, if things had not gone so contrary.

      Lees & Clutterbuck (1889): 322-23.

  • Sources 
    1. [S334] Lees and Clutterbuck (1889), J. A. Lees and W. J. Clutterbuck, (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1889).

    2. [S667] FamilySearch.org (Web site), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
      "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007"; URL (accessed 13 Feb 2017): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVHG-53Y4

    3. [S667] FamilySearch.org (Web site), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
      "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"; URL (accessed 13 Feb 2017): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDYV-92Z