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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.

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Frances Richards

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862
NPG Ax46880

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Francois Ferdinand Philippe Louis Marie, prince de Joinville

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite
NPG x32964

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Duchesse de Montpensier

by Antoine Claudet
albumen carte-de-visite
NPG x74340

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