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The National Portrait Gallery Photographs Collection recently acquired two ninth plate daguerreotypes of an unidentified man and woman by the pioneering photographic entrepreneur Richard Beard (1801-85). The works came to the Gallery from Sweden but with very little provenance attached. They are housed in the pinchbeck cases designed and patented by Thomas Wharton in 1841, which were used in Beard’s studios in the mid-1840s. Examples such as these are extremely rare and are emblematic of this significant period in the history of photographic portraiture.
However, the Gallery would be delighted to find out more about them and, if possible, to identify the sitters. Can you help? Or can you advise on useful resources for further research?
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