John Mayall

(England 1810 – 1901)

Untitled (portrait of a man), The Boorowa Collection

Location
Not on display
Further information

Mayall claims to have taken his first daguerreotype in 1840 while lecturing in chemistry and operating a photography studio in Philadelphia. Relocating to London in 1846, Mayall managed Antoine Claudet's studio before obtaining a licence from Richard Beard to open his own. Called The American Daguerreotype Institution because of the superior size and clarity attributed to American daguerreotypes, his popular portrait studio developed into one of the most thriving businesses in London.

Year
1852-1855
Media
Photograph
Medium
daguerreotype
Dimensions
7.1 x 5.9 cm sight; 10.0 x 8.5 cm case
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1989
Accession number
230.1989