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I am researching the photographer R. J. Arnold, born in England in 1856, died in Monterey, California, in 1929.  I see him advertising in the BJP on April 20, 1883, p. 230, as follows: “Wanted, outdoor backgrounds and accessories, in exchange for other backgrounds, Seavey’s boat, and cabinet portrait lens.— Address, R. J. Arnold, photographer, Market Drayton.”  Question: what is "Seavey's boat"?  I'm also interested in any more information about his activities in the UK. A collector has identified a CDV of him made in 1875 in Washington, DC, at the Mathew Brady studio, but I wonder if he did indeed visit the United States in the 1870s when I find him in the UK in 1883.  He immigrated to California by 1886, when he is running a studio in San Luis Obispo.   

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