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Antoine Claudet

(1797-1867), Photographer and inventor

Artist associated with 44 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-in the-Fields church, London (opposite the National Portrait Gallery). 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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Michael Faraday; William Thomas Brande, by Antoine Claudet - NPG P740

Michael Faraday; William Thomas Brande

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

Charles Babbage, by Antoine Claudet - NPG P28

Charles Babbage

by Antoine Claudet
daguerreotype, circa 1847-1851

Sir Charles Wheatstone and his family, by Antoine Claudet - NPG P154

Sir Charles Wheatstone and his family

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

Thomas Chalmers, by Andrew Elliott, after  Antoine Claudet - NPG Ax39860

Thomas Chalmers

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

'Sergeant Major in the Coldstream Guards', by Antoine Claudet - NPG x199971

'Sergeant Major in the Coldstream Guards'

by Antoine Claudet
quarter-plate daguerreotype, 1842-1844
NPG x199971

Edwin Lankester, by Antoine Claudet - NPG Ax16419

Edwin Lankester

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

Charles Knight, by Antoine Claudet - NPG x76467

Charles Knight

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

Marie Amelie Therese, Queen of the French, by Antoine Claudet - NPG x74620

Marie Amelie Therese, Queen of the French

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

Sir Charles Wheatstone, by Antoine Claudet - NPG x32952

Sir Charles Wheatstone

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

Paul Belloni du Chaillu, by Antoine Claudet - NPG x74529

Paul Belloni du Chaillu

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

Edward Ross, by Antoine Claudet - NPG Ax39805

Edward Ross

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

George Hills, by Antoine Claudet - NPG Ax7483

George Hills

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

James Tennant, by Antoine Claudet - NPG x134613

James Tennant

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

William Hepworth Dixon; Harold Baily Dixon, by Antoine Claudet - NPG Ax16254

William Hepworth Dixon; Harold Baily Dixon

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

Maharaja Duleep Singh, by Antoine Claudet - NPG x1506

Maharaja Duleep Singh

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1864
NPG x1506

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Stephen Furniss

08 September 2020, 08:23

Claudet was buried with his mother in law at Highgate cemy but within a few months was removed to a brick lined vault on a main pathside. A much more prestigious location and grave. He sometimes get mentioned on the guided tours,but his importance can not be underestimated.

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