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Help identify the subject of this Maull & Polyblank photo

Hello, I am looking for help in identifying this rather artistic looking man. Maull & Polyblank Albumen print. Circa 1855-8

I have searched the National Portrait Gallery, The Science Museum, The Getty, The Met collection, etc. , to no avail.

There doesn't seem to be a complete database  of these anywhere.. Does anyone know who this is?

Many Thanks, David McGreevy

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Comment by Dr Anthony H. Cooper on July 31, 2018 at 16:12

Thanks to Anna Sparham for identifying Joseph Beete Jukes the geologist. As a retired geologist of the British Geological Survey he is someone I have come across and you may be interested in some biographical information and other pictures of him that can be found on the BGS pages

There is also a brief bio and numerous references to him in the book "The first hundred years of the Geological Survey of Great Britain" by Sir John Smith Flett published 1937 and details in Kendall and Wroot's Geology of Yorkshire1924  page 451 where it is stated: "Joseph Beete Jukes (1811-1869), was a native of Birmingham. He was attracted to geology by the lectures of Sedgwick, with whom his energy and assiduity soon made him a favourite pupil. In 1836 he gave lectures on geology in many towns in the Midlands and North of England.In 1839 he became a geological surveyor of Newfoundland, and afterwards did survey work on the N.E. coast of Australia, in Wales, Staffordshire and Ireland. "He took a prominent part" says his nephew A.J. Jukes-Brown [also a survey geologist]) "in establishing the Huttonian doctrine that all valleys have been excavated by the action of running water, and that most other features of the earth's surface owe their origin to rain and river work rather than to the agency of the sea or of subterranean forces" 

It is interesting to note that at the time J B Jukes worked for the Geological Survey they were based in Jermyn Street, Piccadilly  this was very close to the photographer's premises. 

Comment by David McGreevy on July 16, 2018 at 22:04

Dear Gael, Thanks, That letter is extraordinary!~

I did not know that the Niepce images were shown in London in1839.

Buy the way, Included in the Maull and Polyblank Albumens were these; 

Dr. Jon Lee FRS,, Astronomer, and William Hasejldine Pepys, physicist:

Comment by Gael Newton on July 16, 2018 at 8:23

 A well known figure in Australia and New Guinea..

bit of trivia...I see in his Letters and Extracts from the Addresses and Occasional Writings of J. Beete  p 33,  he speaks of the invention of photography


Comment by David McGreevy on July 12, 2018 at 13:07

Anna, Thank you! Well done.

Comment by Anna Sparham on July 12, 2018 at 11:47


I can't take any credit for this, but I asked my Curator colleague Alex Werner here at the Museum of London as I was intrigued, and he has come up with the goods... Joseph Beete Jukes, born and died in Birmingham.

Many thanks,


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