A year or so ago, I found a tinted daguerreotype of an unidentified young lady by Elliott & Fry (E&F). The case and lining paper behind the daguerreotype carry the E&F name and address (55 Baker St., London). The shape of the case and mount window seem quite unusual.
I am puzzled by this item for two reasons.
1. E&F were established in 1863. By this time daguerreotypes were not commonly made as far as I understand.
2, Although E&F are very well-known, I can find no other daguerreotypes, or indeed any other type of cased image, by the firm.
I have some questions:
1. Has anyone seen any other daguerreotypes by E&F?
2. Does anyone know if E&F, or other studios established after 1860, may have sub-contracted daguerreotype orders out to other studios or hired freelance daguerreotypists on an ad hoc basis?
3. Does anyone know of any interesting literature on post-1860 daguerreotype production in London or elsewhere?
4. Does anyone recognise the sitter?
I attach images of the case cover, lining paper and daguerreotype plate.