Richard   Beard

(1802 - 1885)

The first British portrait photographer obtaining a license from Daguerre in 1841, for 150 pounds. He established his studio on the roof of the Polytechnic Institution in Regent Street, London, and hired staff to take and process the portraits.

The original Daguerreotypes by Richard Beard on which the woodcuts for Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London: Charles Griffin, and Company, 1861) have not been located. He wrote a letter on 17th April 1848 to the National Gallery in London asking permission to make daguerreotype copies of pictures in the gallery (National Gallery, Archive: NG5/72/3)

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1843, ‘Patent: To Richard Beard. Of Earl-street, Blackfriars, Gent., for improvements in the means of obtaining likenesses… 1842, 10 March (sealed) 1843 (publication)‘, The London Journal and Repository of Arts, Sciences, and Manufactures, vol. Conjoined series, no. 132, pp. 358-60 Recent Patents

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