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Beard's Patent Daguerreotype

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Early daguerreotype by Richard Beard, within a fine example of his deluxe black japanned papier mache frame with grapevine suspension and pressed 'ormolu' pheasant and dolphin  mount. The daguerreotype enclosed with a further original frosted metal mount beneath the pressed mount. In excellent and fine condition.

Richard Beard (1801-1885) was an English entrepreneur and photographer. He opened Europe’s first public photographic studio at the Royal Polytechnic Institute in Regent Street, London. It is interesting to note that Beard’s trade label is very much the same as that used by the silhouette artists and ‘profile painters’ of the previous decades who were soon to be superseded by the photographers using ‘Beard’s Patent’ and then by further developments. The frame that this ‘likeness’ is set into is also the same as that used by the ‘profile painters’ of the preceding Georgian era. In July 1841, Beard purchased the sole patent rights of the daguerreotype process in England and Wales. He licensed others to use the process, requiring them to stamp the daguerreotypes "Beard patentee" as in the example here. In March 1842, he opened a second London studio at 34 Parliament Street, Westminster, and a third at King William Street in April. On 21 March 1842 Prince Albert sat for his portrait in Beard’s studio.

5 1/23 in x 5 5/8 in 


Item Code: 4308

£ 680

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