Her Majesty Queen Victoria.Photographed by Mayall. for the 1st Number of 'The Queen'.
Oval photograph, mounted on printed paper, as issued. Sheet 200 x 155mm, 8 x 6".
John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901) took the first carte-de-visite photographs of Queen Victoria in 1860. This portrait was commissioned for the first issue of 'The Queen', later 'Harpers & Queen', now just 'Harpers'. Born in Manchester, Mayall started with photography in 1840, after which he moved to Philadelphia, where Professor Martin Boye (1812-1907) a Danish chemist at the University of Philadelphia instructed him on the science of making daguerreotypes. About 1844 he went into partnership with another Mancunian, Samuel Van Loan; at the 1845 Exhibition at the Franklin Institute, daguerreotypes by Van Loan & Mayall were judged 'superior and entitled to Third Premium'. He returned to London in 1846 to set up a studio. In 1851 31 illustrations from Mayall's daguerreotypes were published in John Tallis's 'History and Description of the Crystal Palace and the Exhibition of the World's Industry'. Among the people Mayall took portrait photographs of were J.M.W Turner and Charles Dickens, before his appointment to Queen Victoria.
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