'Photographic Portraits of Living Celebrities', 1856.
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Cover to a photographic portrait of Robert Stephenson (1803-1859),from the studio of Maull & Polyblank, London, in 1856. This was published as one of a series of 'Photographic Portraits of Living Celebrities', containing a photograph together with a short biographical essay, written by Herbert Fry. By the mid-1850s, Maull & Polyblank had become renowned for their publications of celebrity portraits.