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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 David McGreevy yesterday

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 yesterday

 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 Thursday

Anna, Thank you! Well done.

Comment by Anna Sparham on Thursday


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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