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Richard Beard (1801-1885)

Artist associated with 8 portraits
Richard Beard was born in Devon, the son of a grocer in Newton Abbot. He moved to London in 1833 and profitably established himself in the coal trade until 1843. Beard set up in photography as a business speculation. He purchased a licence to use the daguerreotype process in 1841, and opened the world's first photographic studio. It was set up in a glasshouse on the roof of London's Royal Polytechnic Institution to provide all-round lighting, which was necessary to the daguerreotype process. There were huge profits from his studios in London and Liverpool and from the sale of licences to take daguerreotypes, but Beard was ruined by his many legal actions against rivals, and went bankrupt in 1850.

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P119

Charles John Canning, Earl Canning

by Richard Beard
ninth plate daguerreotype, 1840s
NPG P119

P117

George Francis Robert Harris, 3rd Baron Harris

by Richard Beard
ninth plate daguerreotype, 1840s
NPG P117

P118

Sir Robert Joseph Phillimore, 1st Bt

by Richard Beard
ninth plate daguerreotype, 1840s
NPG P118

P116

Robert Curzon, 14th Baron Zouche

by Richard Beard
ninth plate daguerreotype, 1840s
NPG P116

P5

Maria Edgeworth

by Richard Beard
daguerreotype, 1841
NPG P5

D3171

Douglas William Jerrold

by John Sartain, after a photograph by Richard Beard
mezzotint, 1840s-1850s
NPG D3171

D3172

Douglas William Jerrold

by John Sartain, after a photograph by Richard Beard
mezzotint, 1840s-1850s
NPG D3172

D5169

Henry Mackenzie

after Richard Beard
woodcut, circa 1848-1855
NPG D5169