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Auction: George Stacey Abolitionist newly discovered collection of Daguerreotypes/Ambrotypes / 21 February 2018 (UPDATED)

Following on from the sale of the Dr Swaine Taylor daguerreotypes last month another interesting collection has surfaced in East Anglia. From a deceased estate and held in storage for the last 40 years or so a group of 20 portraits of the Stacey family by Claudet/Le Beau/Beard/Kilburn/Mayall etc. is to be sold by Cheffins Auctioneers in Cambridge on February 21.

George Stacey (1787-1857) English Quaker and Anti-Slavery Campaigner appears in several of the 12 daguerreotypes, either singularly or with his second wife Mary Barclay. Other family members /associates form the remainder of the group which will be offered in several Lots. Further details in due course from the auctioneers: http:/

UPDATE: Catalogue now on-line for Cheffins Library Sale next week which includes 20 daguerreotype/ambrotype portraits of the British Abolitionist George Stacey and members of his family. The relevant lots start at 135 (click here)

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Comment by Malcolm Batty on January 17, 2018 at 21:53

Good luck to anyone bidding at the auction. The photographer name BEARD is very important to UK photography. His work needs to be saved by people who value his contribution.

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