Originally starting his career in the 1840s as a daguerreotypist, William England joined the London Stereoscopic Company as a principal photographer upon its founding in 1854.
His travels took him to many foreign locations and it was primarily these exotic views that captured the imagination of the public. England’s memorable shot of Blondin crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope (1859) became the best-selling stereograph of all time with over 100,000 copies sold worldwide.
England left LSC to freelance in 1863. He died in 1896 and is arguably the greatest of a number of unsung British photographers of the Victorian era whose work is, sadly, little known today.