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Antoine Claudet (1797-1867), Photographer and inventor

Artist associated with 42 portraits
Born in Lyons in 1798, Claudet moved to London in 1827 where he became a glass merchant in a Holborn-based firm. He learned photography from Louis Daguerre in the late 1830s, and then established his first daguerreotype studio in London in 1841 behind St. Martin's in the Fields. Claudet received honours from both Queen Victoria and Napoleon III for his skills as a photographer. However, he is best known for his chemical experiments, by which he was able to speed up the image-making process, and for his experiments with photographic instruments. He died in London in 1867. The National Portrait Gallery holds more than 20 of his photographs.

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P740

Michael Faraday; William Thomas Brande

by Antoine Claudet
half-plate daguerreotype, circa 1846
NPG P740

P28

Charles Babbage

by Antoine Claudet
daguerreotype, circa 1847-1851
NPG P28

P154

Sir Charles Wheatstone and his family

by Antoine Claudet
stereoscopic daguerreotype, arched top, circa 1851-1852
NPG P154

Ax39860

Thomas Chalmers

by Andrew Elliott, after Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s (1840-1847)
NPG Ax39860

Ax16419

Edwin Lankester

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG Ax16419

x76467

Charles Knight

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x76467

x1506

Duleep Singh

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x1506

x74620

Marie Amelie Therese, Queen of France

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, early-mid 1860s
NPG x74620

x32952

Sir Charles Wheatstone

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, early-mid 1860s
NPG x32952

x74529

Paul Belloni du Chaillu

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x74529

Ax39805

Edward Ross

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s?
NPG Ax39805

Ax7483

George Hills

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax7483

x1507

Maharanee Duleep Singh

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x1507

x134613

James Tennant

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x134613

Ax16254

William Hepworth Dixon; Harold Baily Dixon

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax16254