Bedford’s photographs appear in the following albums included in this catalogue:
Fenton, Bedford (F.) & others England and Wales {1860} SLV [PH]
Fenton, Bedford (F.) & others Cathedrals and Abbeys in England and Scotland {1860} SLV [PH]
Fenton & others Palaces, Castles & Seats in England {1860} SLV [PH]

Bedford helped to found the Royal Photographic Society in 1853, and was the first photographer invited to accompany a royal tour, that of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) to the Middle East in 1862. He worked with Fenton, Francis Frith and others.

In 1988, the NGV acquired a significant album of 1860s photographs, including a number by or attributed to Bedford (of Tintern Abbey etc.).

Bedford also worked extensively as a skilled chromo-lithographer, especially during the 1850s, contributing substantially to the illustrations for Wyatt Industrial Arts of the Nineteenth Century 1851 {1861} SLV [IB], Jones (O.) The Grammar of Ornament 1856 {1857} SLV [IB] and Waring Manchester Art Treasures 1858 {1858} SLV [IB].


For Bedford, see (catalogue of the exhibition Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East, Holyroodhouse: The Queen’s Gallery, 8 March – 21 July 2013; see also AKL 8 (1994), pp.211-12 (indicating his date of birth as 1816); not listed in Bénézit

For the photographic album acquired by the NGV in 1988 (, described as No title (Stephen Thomson album) (1858-c.1868), see and Benson Medieval Moderns (2015), pp.18-19 (Maggie Finch) and 119 (catalogue entries)