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James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder) (1853-1923), Photographer and managing director of Lafayette Ltd

Artist associated with 12 portraits
The first Lafayette studio was founded in Dublin in 1880 by James Stack Lauder, the eldest son of Edmund Lauder, who opened a daguerreotype studio there in 1853. Lafayette met immediate success, exhibiting his work and winning prize medals throughout the world. Lauder joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1884 and in 1885 took his first royal sitting when Princess Alexandra visited Ireland. Two years later he photographed Queen Victoria in Windsor. Other branches were opened in Glasgow (1890), Manchester (1892) and Belfast (1900), but the London branch that opened in 1897 became the centre of the business, which was floated on the Stock Exchange in 1898. It continued trading until 1952.

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P659

Queen Alexandra

by James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder), for Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
albumen panel card, 1901
NPG P659

x36203

The daughters of King Edward VII

by James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder), for Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
albumen cabinet card, 1887
NPG x36203

x87002

Helen (née Duncombe), Viscountess D'Abernon; Hermione (née Duncombe), Duchess of Leinster

by James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder), for Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
albumen cabinet card, 1888
NPG x87002

x46489

Lillie Langtry as Rosalind in 'As You Like It'

by James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder), for Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
albumen cabinet card, 1890
NPG x46489

x36291

Queen Alexandra

by James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder), for Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
albumen cabinet card, July 1893
NPG x36291

x129581

Queen Alexandra

by James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder), for Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
gelatin printing-out paper cabinet card, 12 November 1902
NPG x129581

Ax29370

Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII

by James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder), for Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 1903
NPG Ax29370

Ax29372

Princess Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary; Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII

by James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder), for Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 1903
NPG Ax29372

x87215

Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII

by James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder), for Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
vintage postcard print, 1903
NPG x87215

Ax5516

May Fortescue (née Finney)

by James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder), for Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), published by Eglington & Co
carbon print on card mount, 1889; published 1891
NPG Ax5516

x48514

Harry Wilson

by James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder)
half-plate nitrate negative, 5 October 1933
NPG x48514

x48515

Harry Wilson

by James Lafayette (James Stack Lauder)
half-plate nitrate negative, 5 October 1933
NPG x48515