A Collection of Portraits by Boston Studio “Southworth & Hawes” (1850s)

American photographic studio Southworth & Hawes was established in Boston, Massachusetts in 1843 when Albert Sands Southworth, a druggist, and Josiah Johnson Hawes, a painter, joined together to open a daguerreotype studio. Though portraits were the bulk of the firm’s production, they also produced landscape views.

From 1849 to 1851 Southworth left the studio to travel to California. He returned in 1851 and renewed the partnership with Hawes.

In 1853 Hawes purchased the rights to John Adams Whipple’s process for making paper prints called crystalotypes and the firm began to produce them.

In 1861 the partnership was dissolved. Both Southworth and Hawes continued to operate separate studios in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Unknown woman by Southworth and Hawes, ca. 1850s via

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Unknown woman by Southworth and Hawes, ca. 1850s via

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Miss Hodges of Salem, MET, 1850 via

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Lola Montez by Southworth & Hawes, 1851 via

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The Letter by Southworth & Hawes, ca. 1850 via

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Unknown bride by Southworth and Hawes, ca. 1850s via

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Albert Sands Southworth – Untitled, ca. 1851 – 1854 via

A Collection of Victorian Era Photos by Roger Fenton (1850s)

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Roger Fenton, Lady on Horseback, MET, 1850s via

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The Billiard Room, Mentmore by Roger Fenton, 1858 via

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Bolton Abbey by Roger Fenton, 1850s via

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Wharfe and Pool, Below the Strid, MET, by Roger Fenton, 1854 via

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by Roger Fenton, 1854 via

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by Roger Fenton, 1854 via

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Victoria, Princess Royal and her sister Princess Alice by Roger Fenton, 1855 via

A Collection of Victorian Era Photographs by John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1850s)

John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810 – 1882) was a botanist and pioneer photographer. His earliest daguerreotype is dated 1840. A few of his early photogenic drawings have survived, including some cliché verre, dated 1839. When the Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1853, Llewelyn was one of those who attended the foundation meeting at the Society of Arts in London, and was, for some years, a founder Council member.

The majority of his images were taken around his estate of Penllergare, near Swansea, and around the Welsh coast. There are also a number taken in Cornwall over several years, many in Bristol including some pioneer animal and bird images in Clifton Zoo, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and a few in Scotland. His circle of photographic friends included Philip Henry Delamotte, Robert Hunt, Hugh Welch Diamond and especially his distant relative Calvert Richard Jones.

His last images would appear to date from the end of the 1850s after which it is possible that his health prevented any further photographic activity.

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John Dillwyn Llewelyn, Oakley Cottage, MET, 1853–56 via

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Emma Charlotte Dillwyn Llewelyn’s Album, MET, 1853–56 via

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John Dillwyn Llewelyn, Birthday Group, MET, 1856 via

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John Dillwyn Llewelyn, Two Women, One Kneeling and One Standing, Looking into Basket Filled with Vegetables, MET, 1853–56 via

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John Dillwyn Llewelyn, Gipsies, MET, 1853–56 via

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John Dillwyn Llewelyn , Thereza and the dickies, early 1850s via

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John Dillwyn Llewelyn, Emma, wife of John Dillwyn Llewelyn/ The National Library of Wales from Wales/Cymru, 1852 via

A Collection of Photographs by Pioneer John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1950s)

John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810 – 1882) was a botanist and pioneer photographer. He was born in the parish of Llangyfelach, Swansea, Wales, the eldest son of Lewis Weston Dillwyn and Mary Dillwyn, née Adams, the natural daughter of Col. John Llewelyn of Penllergaer and Ynysygerwn. His sister, Mary Dillwyn (1816–1906), is remembered as the earliest female photographer in Wales. Upon coming of age he inherited his maternal grandfather John Llewelyn’s estates of Penllergaer and Ynysygerwn, near Swansea, and assumed the additional surname of Llewelyn

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Collodion glass negative showing the south front of Penllergare House by John Dillwyn Llewelyn, 1858

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This photographs shows the Llewelyn children having a picnic on the Goppa near Swansea in 1855. It is one of a series of photographs of the children taken by John on the 23rd September each year for his wife’s birthday via

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Collodion glass negative showing John Dillwyn Llewelyn seated in the conservatory at Penllergare via

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Remember, remember the 5th of November! Photo by John Dillwyn Llewelyn via

A Collection of Horst P. Horst Classics (1930s)

Horst P. Horst (1906 – 1999) was a German-American fashion photographer. His first exhibition took place at La Plume d’Or in Paris in 1932. It was reviewed by Janet Flanner in The New Yorker, and this review, which appeared after the exhibition ended, made Horst instantly prominent.

Horst made a portrait of Bette Davis the same year, the first in a series of public figures he would photograph during his career. Within two years, he had photographed Noël Coward, Yvonne Printemps, Lisa Fonssagrives, Count Luchino Visconti di Madrone, Duke Fulco di Verdura, Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg, Princess Natalia Pavlovna Paley, Daisy Fellowes, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, Cole Porter, Elsa Schiaparelli, and others like Eve Curie.

Horst rented an apartment in New York City in 1937, and while residing there met Coco Chanel, whom Horst called “the queen of the whole thing”. He would photograph her fashions for three decades.

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Horst P. Horst, Mainbocher Corset, 1939 via

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Horst P. Horst Classics, Lisa with Harp, 1939 via

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Horst P. Horst Classics, Coco Chanel, Paris, 1937 via

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Horst P. Horst Classics, Still Life, 1937 via

A Collection of Portraits by Laure Albin-Guillot (1930s)

Laure Albin Guillot (1879 – 1962) was a French photographer. In addition to portraits of Paris celebrities, she covered a wide variety of genres and had a number of high-ranking positions. A retrospective of her work is being held from 26 February to 12 May 2013 at Jeu de Paume, Paris

Laure Albin Guillot exhibited in the 1920s, adopting a classical approach or French style rather than the avant-garde trends of the day. But it was in the 1930s and 1940s that her work dominated the photographic scene. She covered a variety of genres, everything from portraits and nudes to landscapes, still lifes and, to a lesser extent, journalism. A master of technology, she made use of the very latest methods of image production, perfectly suited to the requirements of publication.

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Laure Albin-Guillot Portrait of a Woman, 1930s via

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Laure Albin-Guillot Portrait of a Woman, 1930s via

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Laure Albin-Guillot Portrait of a Woman, 1930s via

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Laure Albin-Guillot Portrait of a Woman, 1930s via

A Collection of Photos Feat. Meret Opphenheimer by Man Ray (1930s)

Meret (or Méret) Elisabeth Oppenheim (1913 – 1985) was a German-born Swiss Surrealist artist and photographer. Oppenheim was a member of the Surrealist movement along with André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Max Ernst, and other writers and visual artists. Besides creating art objects, Oppenheim also famously appeared as a model for photographs by Man Ray, most notably a series of nude shots of her interacting with a printing press.

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Man Ray, Portrait of Meret Oppenheim, 1933 via

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Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim with a drawing by her self, 1936 via

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Man Ray, Portrait of Meret Oppenheim, 1934 via

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Man Ray, Portrait of Meret Oppenheim, 1933 via

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Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, rue Val de Grâce, Paris, 1933 via

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Man Ray, Portrait of Meret Opphenheimer via