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Auction: Alfred Swaine Taylor / 9 December

A group of four lots of daguerreotypes, cased images and two stereo-daguerreotypes showing the family of Dr Alfred Swaine Taylor and Taylor himself are being offered at auction on Saturday, 9 December by Lacy Scott & Knight LLP in Bury St Edmunds. The lots were consigned as part of a large estate from Thorne Court, just outside of Bury St Edmunds, the former home of Taylor's daughter.

Alfred Swaine Taylor Hon MD St And MRCS LSA FRCP FRS (1806-1880) was pioneer of photography who wrote the 1840  On the Art of Photogenic Drawing. He was a doctor and is described as the ‘father of British forensic medicine'. The five mixed lots, which include 1840s and 1850s portraits of Dr Taylor (by J C Barrable and Antoine Claudet), and a portrait of Taylor’s daughter Edith, aged 3, by Mayall taken in 1847. 

Details can be found here and online bidding is available:

The summary lot descriptions are; 

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