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I wonder if anyone can shed light on the possible existence of a Chevreul photographic process. I’ve come across the following announcement in the Lynn Advertiser of 28th March 1857.
"W. Taylor begs to announce that he has completed his arrangements for carrying out the beautiful system of pure, untouched Photography, so successfully practised by M. Chevreul, of Paris, – producing Portraits equal in richness to the highest finished Mezzotint Engravings, and leaving nothing to wish for either as regards faithful resemblance or artistic finish."
I understand that Michel-Eugène Chevreul was a chemist whose career included work on dyes, colour theory and the chemistry of fats, but I can find no mention of a specific photographic process being credited to him. He was, however, involved - both as mentor and promoter - with the work of Abel Niépce de Saint-Victor, who made advances in the preparation of glass negatives and albumen paper, and there do seem to have been occasions when Chevreul presented Niépce’s work to the photographic community. Is it, therefore, likely that Taylor was actually adopting (and misattributing) one or more of Niépce’s improvements to the wet collodion process? Or have I missed something? Any thoughts would be most welcome.
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