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Robert Jefferson Bingham

(1825-1870)

Artist of 24 portraits
Born in 1825 near Leicester in England, Bingham had a background in chemistry. He was particularly interested in photographic processes, and published a treatise on this subject in 1848. He later became the first writer to outline the possible use of collodion in photographs and the self-proclaimed 'Inventeur du procédé collodion'. Bingham first exhibited his photographs of landscapes and of copies of paintings in London at The Great Exhibition in 1851. In 1859 he established a photographic portrait studio in Paris, which thrived throughout the 1860s and continued under his name even after his death in Brussels in 1870. The National Portrait Gallery holds more than 20 of his photographs.

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Sir Richard Rivington Holmes, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG Ax16407

Sir Richard Rivington Holmes

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG Ax16407

Gustave Clarence Rodolphe Boulanger, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG Ax17180

Gustave Clarence Rodolphe Boulanger

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax17180

Sir James Young Simpson, 1st Bt, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG x22588

Sir James Young Simpson, 1st Bt

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x22588

Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG x36228

Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x36228

Lady Sarah Isabella Spencer, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG x132246

Lady Sarah Isabella Spencer

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x132246

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG Ax38680

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax38680

Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG x36227

Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x36227

Archibald Campbell Tait, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG Ax30381

Archibald Campbell Tait

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1862
NPG Ax30381

Archibald Campbell Tait, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG x12971

Archibald Campbell Tait

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1862
NPG x12971

Sir William Bowman, 1st Bt, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG x75746

Sir William Bowman, 1st Bt

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862
NPG x75746

Sir George Grove, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG Ax38162

Sir George Grove

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax38162

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG x4716

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x4716

King Edward VII, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG Ax24153

King Edward VII

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, 1864
NPG Ax24153

Hugh McCalmont Cairns, 1st Earl Cairns, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG Ax39722

Hugh McCalmont Cairns, 1st Earl Cairns

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, 1864
NPG Ax39722

Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG Ax46719

Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, August 1865
NPG Ax46719

The children of Queen Victoria, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG x131268

The children of Queen Victoria

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, August 1865
NPG x131268

Princess Beatrice of Battenberg, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG Ax46756

Princess Beatrice of Battenberg

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, August 1865
NPG Ax46756

Queen Victoria, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG x13847

Queen Victoria

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1865
NPG x13847

Queen Victoria, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG x36264

Queen Victoria

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1865
NPG x36264

Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier, by Robert Jefferson Bingham - NPG Ax17184

Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier

by Robert Jefferson Bingham
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1867
NPG Ax17184

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