Obituary: Lord Revelstoke

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LORD REVELSTOKE also had a remarkable eye for photography, writes Ferdy Carabott (further to the obituary by Louis Jebb, 20 July). I had the pleasure of collaborating with him in the forthcoming book on Lambay, sifting through hundreds of his photographs taken with great craftsmanship. He was equally proficient with portraits, architecture and animals. He amazed professional bird photographers with his ability to approach his subjects at very close quarters without use of a hide. Rupert Revelstoke's very first photograph, taken at the age of 12, shows Edwin Lutyens and Augustus John dancing a jig together.

Rupert lavished praise on others' pictures, pointing out delicate features usually overlooked by the photographer. When he didn't like a photograph, he said so, often scathingly, but never without some hilarious aside. Characteristically, he didn't exhibit publicly until he was in his seventies and only agreed to show his pictures after much persuasion by John Osmond at his gallery in Dublin.

Perhaps in character as well, he never took another picture after his beloved Leica was stolen in the 1960s.