Studio camera by Patrick Meagher, 1890.
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Patrick Meagher was a well known camera maker who founded his busines in London in 1859, having previously been employed by Thomas Ottewill. This is a large, square bellows camera of the type used for taking portraits or still life, or for copying. The camera is mounted on a mahogany stand with three legs; the height of the camera can be adjusted by rackwork. It is typical of the kind of cameras that were in widespread use at the time, especially in the popular photographic studios. Focusing is achieved by extending or collapsing the bellows to increase or decrease the distance between the lens and the film.