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I am researching these two ambrotypes, recently acquired through eBay. They appear to be images of John Lee, Astronomer, Numismatist, 1858 and 1861, antiquarian, philosopher, et al. of Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire.
I can only find one actual photographic image of Dr. Lee, an apparent albumen, via the Science Photo Library website here.
These two ambrotypes are in remarkably good condition, and quite large. The first is 9 x 12cm, and the second 12 x 15cm, visible areas, I am assuming that the actual sizes are larger.
Ink inscriptions on the back indicate that these were taken by 'George Axtel'. My preliminary research finds no such photographer. Maybe it was mistaken for Axtell?
I would posit that the Royal Meteorology Society, or Royal Astronomical Society, or Society of Antiquaries would want these.
Are these unrecorded images of Dr. Lee? Any guesses out there?
Many Thanks, David
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