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John Jabez Edwin Mayall

(1813-1901), Photographer

Artist associated with 506 portraits
Born in 1813, John Jabez Edwin Mayall, né Jabez Meal, opened a daguerreotype studio in Philadelphia in the early 1840s. He soon moved to Britain where he helped to establish the American Daguerreotype Association in London. In 1851 he set up his own studio in London, photographing Queen Victoria and members of the royal family throughout the 1860s. Mayall became famous with his cartes-de-visite of the Queen and H.R.H. the Prince Consort, which sold tens of thousands of copies. Mayall left London for Brighton in the mid-1860s where he continued his photography and became involved in local politics. He died in London in 1901. The National Portrait Gallery holds more than 160 of his photographs.

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Walter Kerr Hamilton, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax47078

Walter Kerr Hamilton

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax47078

John Goring, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax68072

John Goring

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax68072

Charles Cecil John Manners, 6th Duke of Rutland, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax7408

Charles Cecil John Manners, 6th Duke of Rutland

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax7408

Constantine Henry Phipps, 1st Marquess of Normanby, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax7422

Constantine Henry Phipps, 1st Marquess of Normanby

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860-1863
NPG Ax7422

Frederick William Hervey, 2nd Marquess of Bristol, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax7423

Frederick William Hervey, 2nd Marquess of Bristol

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860-1864
NPG Ax7423

George Harry Grey, 7th Earl of Stamford, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax7446

George Harry Grey, 7th Earl of Stamford

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax7446

Walter Kerr Hamilton, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax7479

Walter Kerr Hamilton

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax7479

Dymoke of Dymoke of Scrivelsby, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax77197

Dymoke of Dymoke of Scrivelsby

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax77197

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x38989

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG x38989

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x24128

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, May 1860
NPG x24128

Charles Francis Adams Sr, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall, published by  A. Marion, Son & Co - NPG x5776

Charles Francis Adams Sr

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall, published by A. Marion, Son & Co
albumen print, 1860s
NPG x5776

Sir James Clark, 1st Bt, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x6096

Sir James Clark, 1st Bt

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1860
NPG x6096

Henry Compton (Charles Mackenzie), by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x6340

Henry Compton (Charles Mackenzie)

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x6340

John Chippendale Montesquieu Bellew, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x705

John Chippendale Montesquieu Bellew

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x705

Antoine Marie Philippe Louis, duc de Montpensier, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x74339

Antoine Marie Philippe Louis, duc de Montpensier

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x74339

'Group of Royal Family', by and after John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x132718

'Group of Royal Family'

by and after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite photomontage, early 1860s
NPG x132718

Queen Victoria and her family, by Ashford Brothers & Co, after  John Jabez Edwin Mayall, and  John & Charles Watkins, and  Georg Emil Hansen - NPG x134740

Queen Victoria and her family

by Ashford Brothers & Co, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall, and John & Charles Watkins, and Georg Emil Hansen
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x134740

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