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(founded 1880), Photographers

Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)

Artist associated with 6905 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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Queen Alexandra, by Lafayette - NPG x12855

Queen Alexandra

by Lafayette
albumen cabinet card, 1887
NPG x12855

Queen Victoria, by Lafayette - NPG x76054

Queen Victoria

by Lafayette
albumen cabinet card, 1887?
NPG x76054

Queen Alexandra, by Lafayette - NPG Ax26435

Queen Alexandra

by Lafayette
bromide print, circa April 1889
NPG Ax26435

Queen Alexandra, by Lafayette - NPG x36424

Queen Alexandra

by Lafayette
bromide print, circa April 1889
NPG x36424

Queen Alexandra, by Lafayette - NPG x36425

Queen Alexandra

by Lafayette
bromide print, circa April 1889
NPG x36425

May Fortescue (née Finney), by Lafayette, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG Ax5516

May Fortescue (née Finney)

by Lafayette, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, 1889, published 1891
NPG Ax5516

Queen Alexandra, by Lafayette, published by  Ogden's - NPG x197220

Queen Alexandra

by Lafayette, published by Ogden's
cigarette card, circa April 1889, published circa 1901
NPG x197220

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