'Jabez Hogg and Mr Johnson', 1843.
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Jabez Hogg (1817-1899) making a portrait in Richard Beard's studio. Hogg is timing the exposure with his watch. The daguerreotype was probably taken to illustrate Hogg's 'A practical Manual of Photography', 1843. The sitter is probably William S Johnson, father of John Johnson, a partner in the world's first portrait studio opened in New York in 1840. Richard Beard (1801- 1885) was the patentee of the daguerreotype proces in England and Wales from 1841 to 1853. In March 1841 he opened the first daguerreotype studio in Europe at the Royal Polytechnic Institution.