ca. 1870-90s, [occupational carte de visite portrait of a paleontologist or geologist studying a specimen with his microscope], W.A. Apgar
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [occupational carte de visite portrait of a paleontologist or geologist studying a specimen with his microscope], W.A. Apgar

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-1900s, [carte de visite portrait of an engineer with a double acting steam engine at the Dundee Jute Works power house]
Information on the Dundee Jute Mills, a Scottish textile mill which specialized in processing the fiber of the aquatic Corchorus plant, can be found at the Scotland History site, Scotland History.
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1870-1900s, [carte de visite portrait of an engineer with a double acting steam engine at the Dundee Jute Works power house]

Information on the Dundee Jute Mills, a Scottish textile mill which specialized in processing the fiber of the aquatic Corchorus plant, can be found at the Scotland History site, Scotland History.

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a morose violinist]
via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a morose violinist]

via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1860-70’s, [tinted ambrotype portrait of two musicians with their respective instruments]
via Macrafly, Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1860-70’s, [tinted ambrotype portrait of two musicians with their respective instruments]

via Macrafly, Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a child with a bugle]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a child with a bugle]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1852, [daguerreotype portrait of a young surveyor leaning on Meneely Wye Level tripod]
via the Daguerreian Society, W. J. Schultz Collection

ca. 1852, [daguerreotype portrait of a young surveyor leaning on Meneely Wye Level tripod]

via the Daguerreian Society, W. J. Schultz Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of two instrument repairmen and a child]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of two instrument repairmen and a child]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1855, [ambrotype portrait of a young man playing his guitar]
via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1855, [ambrotype portrait of a young man playing his guitar]

via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1860-80, [carte de visite portrait of two blind musicians with their instruments], G. & J. Hall
via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1860-80, [carte de visite portrait of two blind musicians with their instruments], G. & J. Hall

via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a daguerreotypist with his camera]
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a daguerreotypist with his camera]

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1858, [daguerreotype portrait of a surveyor with equipment]
via the Daguerreian Society, William J. Schultz Collection

ca. 1858, [daguerreotype portrait of a surveyor with equipment]

via the Daguerreian Society, William J. Schultz Collection

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a watchmaker with his tools]
via the Library of Congress, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a watchmaker with his tools]

via the Library of Congress, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1860-80’s, [occupational tintype portrait of a silversmith with his tools, showing off a few spoons]
via Crow Creek Unique, Etsy

ca. 1860-80’s, [occupational tintype portrait of a silversmith with his tools, showing off a few spoons]

via Crow Creek Unique, Etsy

ca. 1851, [daguerreotype stereograph of a scientist in his laboratory], John Benjamin Dancer
via the Victoria & Albert Museum, Prints Drawing and Paintings Collection

ca. 1851, [daguerreotype stereograph of a scientist in his laboratory], John Benjamin Dancer

via the Victoria & Albert Museum, Prints Drawing and Paintings Collection

ca. 1875, [albumen portrait of Mohan Lal with His Camera]

The subject here is likely the painter-photographer Mohan Lal, posing with his camera and holding the lens cover in his hand. A number of Mohan Lal’s pictures are documented in the Udaipur City Palace photographic archives. Most courts either maintained a photographer in the same manner that court painters were employed in the household, or else, they increasingly turned to the services of commercial photographic studios, which arose rapidly in India.

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs Collection

ca. 1875, [albumen portrait of Mohan Lal with His Camera]

The subject here is likely the painter-photographer Mohan Lal, posing with his camera and holding the lens cover in his hand. A number of Mohan Lal’s pictures are documented in the Udaipur City Palace photographic archives. Most courts either maintained a photographer in the same manner that court painters were employed in the household, or else, they increasingly turned to the services of commercial photographic studios, which arose rapidly in India.

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs Collection

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