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An image of Untitled (portrait of a man) by John Mayall

John Mayall

(England 1810 – 1901)

Untitled (portrait of a man), The Boorowa Collection
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7.1 x 5.9 cm sight; 10.0 x 8.5 cm case

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1989
Accession number
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.

Bibliography (2)

Natasha Bullock, Reflections in time: 19th century portrait photography, Sydney, 2005. no catalogue numbers

Josef Lebovic Gallery and Helen Ennis, Masterpieces of Australian Photography, The Ambrotype and Daguerreotype, Sydney, 1989, 26, 27(illus.). cat. no. 38E

Exhibition history (3)

Masterpieces of Australian Photography, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Kensington, 24 Jun 1989–22 Jul 1989

Selected recent acquisitions, 1989, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Sep 1989–17 Dec 1989

Reflections in time: 19th century portrait photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Oct 2005–11 Dec 2005