Stereo-daguerreotype of a woman, c 1855.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A hand-coloured stereoscopic portrait of a woman by John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901). Although born in England, Mayall began his photographic career in America. He returned to London in 1847 and set up a photographic studio, operating under the name 'Professor Highschool'. He exhibited his photographs at the Great Exhibition of 1851 to much praise. He is best known for his photographs of Queen Victoria and the Royal Family. In 1877, Mayall became Mayor of Brighton. In 1832, Sir Charles Wheatstone established the principles of stereoscopy. A stereograph is a pair of photographs which, when viewed through a stereoscope, give the appearance of three-dimensional depth. Stereoscopic photography became very popular in the 1850s and 1860s after it was exhibited at the Great Exhibition.