Antoine Claudet(1797-1867), Photographer and inventor
Artist associated with 43 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.
by Charles Cook, printed by McQueen (Macqueen), sold by Ackermann & Co, and sold by Abel & Son, published by and after Antoine Claudet
stipple engraving, circa 1851
by Hinchliff, after a daguerreotype by Antoine Claudet
stipple and line engraving, 1860 or after