© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Antoine Claudet
quarter-plate daguerreotype, 1842-1844
4 1/4 in. x 3 1/4 in. (107 mm x 82 mm) image size
Artistback to top
- Antoine Claudet (1797-1867), Photographer and inventor. Artist associated with 43 portraits.
This portraitback to top
In 1841, Claudet established a studio on the roof of the Adelaide Gallery, behind St Martin-in-the-Fields church, London (opposite the National Portrait Gallery). This is where this portrait of an unknown man – who is probably a Colour Sergeant of the Coldstream Guards – was made. Claudet positioned the sitter in front of a painted background, making this one of the earliest examples to feature a studio backdrop.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Claudet's studio, Adelaide Gallery, Lowther Arcade, Strand, Westminster, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Photography: A Public Art, 1840-1939 (4 November 2017 - 14 October 2018)
Events of 1842back to top
Current affairsEdwin Chadwick publishes his damning report, Sanitary Conditions of the Labouring Poor, which details the shocking living conditions of the urban poor and prompts government to take a new interest in public health issues.
A year-long depression and the rejection of the Chartist petition leads to riots, with workers striking in the Midlands, Lancashire, Yorkshire, and parts of Scotland.
Art and scienceMudie's Lending Library opens, becoming one of the largest circulating libraries in the period. Made popular by the otherwise high cost of books, it exerts a great influence over literature; both by maintaining the more costly 'three decker' novel structure, and acting as moral censor.
Richard Owen, the English biologist, comparative anatomist and palaeontologist, coins the term 'dinosaur', combining the Greek words for 'formidable' and 'reptile'.