Directory of Baltimore Daguerreans, K-R
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KAMPMANN, ARTHUR, daguerreotypist.
Cor. Light and Baltimore (1856-1857). CD.
KAYLOR, THOMAS, daguerreotypist, photographist.
150 S. Paca (1856-1857); 149 Conway (1864). CD.
KING, B.F., daguerreotypist.
217 Baltimore (1846-August 1850). TS, CD.
Labels: Printed paper fragment "KING, AT HIS GALLERY No. 217 BALTIMORE..."
Mr. B. F. King, No. 217 Baltimore street, has just returned from
Washington, whither he had gone for the purpose of taking a likeness of the
great statesman, HENRY CLAY, which, for correctness of representation and
elegance of execution, is an admirable specimen of this beautiful art. Those
who desire to see a perfect delineation of Mr. Clay's countenance can do so by
calling at Mr. K.'s rooms. This likeness is highly valuable, as the repeated
demands on Mr. Clay's time by artists have induced him to decline future
applications. It may be proper to mention that Mr. King is one of the oldest
practitioners of the art in this city. BA, February 14, 1848.
KING, MRS. B.F., daguerreotypist.
217 Baltimore (1849-1850). CD, TS.
KUHN, FRANK, daguerreotypist.
Hape & Kuhn, over 207 1/2 W. Baltimore (1856-1857). CD. (see Samuel
LAMB, F.F., daguerreotypist.
Mentioned as proprietor of "J.D. Marsters' well known rooms at 147 Lexington
Street" TS, November 22, 1859. (see J.D. Marsters)
LANSDALE, ROBERT VINTON, daguerreotypist, ambrotypist, photographer.
Over 293 W. Baltimore (1858-1860); 121 Baltimore (1862); Varden and Lansdale,
220 Baltimore (1863); Varden only (1864); supposedly took the first
daguerreotype of Madame Jerome Bonaparte, wife of Napoleon's brother Jerome,
who was the former Betsy Paterson of Baltimore; took David Bachrach, Jr., who
later established his own successful gallery, as his apprentice in 1860;
Bachrach described Lansdale in his memoirs as "different from most of the
leading artists, more intelligent and full of the experimental spirit" and "a
man of high moral character and free from the scandals connected with some of
the leading photographers." CD, IRA, PA.
LOGAN, J.L. & CO., daguerreotypists.
SW. corner of Baltimore & South, dw J.L. 117 Baltimore (1853-1854). CD.
McPHERSON, ROBERT A., daguerreotypist, ambrotypist.
234 Lexington (1851, 1858-1859). CD.
*MAHAN, THOMAS T., daguerreotypist.
15 Holliday (1860). CD.
MARKS, H.J., daguerreotypist.
500 plates on hand, 2 male employees, $80 average monthly labor cost, 2500
likenesses produced yearly. USMC 1850.
MARKS, HARVEY R., daguerreotypist.
117 Baltimore (1848-November 1850); partner with Jacob Shew (April 1849-March
1850); 159 Baltimore (December 1850-1853); removed to 57 Dauphin Street, Mobile
Alabama (1855-1858); Austin, Texas (1875); $1500 capital invested, 500 plates
on hand, 3 male employees, $140 average monthly labor cost, 5000 likenesses
produced yearly. CD, TS, AD, PP, USMC 1850. (see Jacob Shew)
Labels: Blind-stamped on mat "MARKS"
MARSTERS, JOSEPH D., daguerreotypist.
147 Lexington (1850-?); 127 Broadway (?- October 1855); returned to 147
Lexington (December 1855-1860). TS, CD.
Labels: Blind-stamped on mat "MARSTERS. BALTO."
A NEW DISCOVERY.-- Mr. Marsters, Daguerreotypist has the satisfaction of
announcing a discovery in the art which he esteems of great importance. This
he calls the Chrystaloscope. It combines the perfection of the Stereoscope
with infinitely greater durability, (being entirely impervious to moisture,) convenience and
utility, as it can be applied to copy when there is no possibility of making
available the Stereoscope.-Chrystaloscopes are also afforded with little or no
additional cost-- an immense advantage at present at least. So far as they
have been exhibited, we believe they have been received with greater favor than
any improvement yet made on Mons. Daguerre's original discovery. Mr. M.
herein gives notice of his intention to apply for a patent. Call and see. TS,
December 19, 1854.
MILDE, JOHN W.F., daguerreotypist.
45 Hampstead (1855-1856). CD.
MORRIS, JOHN H., daguerreotypist.
33 S. Gay (1856-1857); 105 W. Baltimore (1859). CD, BD.
MOULTON, _______________, daguerreotypist.
81 Baltimore (1848); 'Mr. Moulton has taken rooms on the first floor . . .
where he is prepared to take likenesses In the most perfect style, by the use
of the Galvanic Battery, which Insures a perfect eye and natural color, used
altogether by the celebrated operators of Philadelphia to great success." TS,
April 16, 1848,
MULLAN (MULLEN), JOHN P., daguerreotypist.
SE. corner Baltimore & South (December 1849-1850). TS, CD.
NAIRN, J.C., daguerreotypist.
1 N. Calvert (1849); "Possessing a practical as well as scientific knowledge of
the art acquired in part under Daguerre, and improved by experimental practice,
good instruments and one of the best lights in Baltimore." TS, January 6,
NATIONAL DAGUERREAN GALLERY, daguerreotypists.
Former operator for James Brady; 126 Baltimore (1855). TS.
NIMMO, THOMAS J. & CO., daguerreotypists.
159 Baltimore (1854-1856); Frostburg, Md. (1875); former operator for J.H.
Whitehurst, TS, CD, PP.
Labels- Embossed miniature case pad "T.J. NIMMO & CO / 159
BALTIMORE ST./ DAGUERREOTYPES IN OIL/ CHRYSTALOTYPES/
CHRYSTALOTYPES IN OIL"; blind-stamped on mat "NIMMO & Co."
PARKER & YOUNG, daguerreotypists.
97 Baltimore (November 27, 1841). TS.
PERKINS, JOHN WESTON,daguerreotypist, photographer.
212 W. Baltimore (1856-1857); 211 W. Baltimore (1859-1868); 256 Pennsylvania
(1883-1886); 1316 Pennsylvania (1887-1889, 1895-1901); 1218 Pennsylvania
(1894); 680 W. Baltimore (1902). BD, CD.
Labels: Blind-stamped on mat "PERKINS"
J.W. Perkins, Photograph Gallery, No. 256 Pennsylvania Avenue.- A
establishment In this city is that of Mr. J. W. Perkins, which was originally
as a Daguerrean gallery thirty-eight years ago, at No. 211 Baltimore street,
the date of Its commencement has always maintained its supremacy in the
The premises occupied are spacious and commodious, comprising a very nicely
furnished reception-room, while the operating and other departments are
equipped, and supplied with all the latest Improved appliances known to the
profession, including the dry-plate and the instantaneous processes. Mr.
is prepared to execute all kinds of pictures, from the smallest locket to the
portrait, also to enlarge from small pictures to any size. Portraits are also
oil, water colors, pastel, crayon, and India ink in the highest style of art,
at very low
prices, and satisfaction guaranteed in all cases. His work cannot be excelled
truthful delineation, brilliancy of expression, and harmony of effect. Mr.
one of the oldest photographers in the State. He was born in Burlington
and came to Baltimore in 1848. It can also be truthfully stated that he was
one of the
first individuals to take a photograph in the State. He Is a member of the
fraternity, I.O. of O.F., Knights of Pythias, Order of Chosen Friends, and Iron
PERKINS, PALMER LENFIELD, daguerreotypist, photographer. Tradecard example
Born in New Jersey, 1824; "Successor to Davis," Franklin Building, NE. corner
North & Baltimore (1850-1857); and 211 Baltimore (1852-1856); 99 W.
Baltimore (March 1856-1857); 91 and 101 Baltimore (1858-1859); 99 and 207 W.
Baltimore (1859-1864); and 101 W. Baltimore (1864); 205 and 207 W. Baltimore
(1865-1870); 205 W. Baltimore (1870-1877); 207 W. Baltimore (1877-1879); 103 W.
Baltimore (1880-1881); and Son (1881). USC 1860, BD, CD.
Labels: Embossed miniature case pad "PERKINS ARTIST/ GALLERIES
COR NORTH ST. & 211 BALTO. ST./ BALTIMORE MD."; "DAGUERREOTYPE
ARTIST/ PERKINS GALLERY COR NORTH & 211 BALTIMORE ST./ BALTIMORE
QUESTIONS FOR THE PEOPLE-- Why does PERKINS' DAGUERREOTYPES possess that
brillancy and beauty of tone that you do not see in other Pictures? Why Is it
that among his vast collections you do not find the eye in a single subject
blurred or imperfect? Why is it that at the last Fair of the Maryland Institute
his Pictures received the highest award that was ever given Daguerreotypists in
this city? And why is it that a certain distinguished competitor (Jesse H.
Whitehurst] in said Fair has since gilded his Medals to make the people think
they are Gold? These are questions the need be solved, and can be answered
satisfactorily by calling. TS, May 17, 1854.
*PERKINS, WESLEY, daguerreotypist & artist.
Born in Maryland, 1828; living in the 10th Ward. USC 1850.
PHILLIPS, THOMAS, daguerreotype experimenter.
Noted as assisting James Green with the first experiments with the
daguerreotype in Baltimore. BA, October 31, 1839.
PINDELL, EDWARD A., daguerreotypist.
and Howell, 105 W. Baltimore (1856-1857). CD.
PLUMBE, JOHN, JR., daguerreotypist, publisher, entrepreneur.
Plumbe's National Gallery advertised at the corner North & Baltimore but
may have never opened (November 1843); 205 Baltimore (October 1845-1847). TS,
Labels- Blind-stamped on mat "PLUMBE"
Exquisite Work of Art.-- The finest specimen of photography we have ever seen
was left with us yesterday for examination. It is an elegant and faithful
representation of the Naval Monument at Washington, with the surrounding
scenery, stretching far away in the perspective. This beautiful specimen was
taken by Mr. PLUMBE, who designs making copies soon for all who may desire
them. Mr. SHEW, the Superintendent of Plumbels Daguerrean Gallery in this
city, informs us that a skillful person will be employed constantly, in a short
time, in taking views in the neighborhood of Baltimore, pictures of its
principal public buildings, churches, &c., copies of which will be
furnished to such of our citizens as may wish them. We have no doubt that many
persons would be pleased to adorn their houses with such pictures, which are
now executed so as to look like fine engraving. BA, January 23, 1846.
POLLOCK, HENRY, daguerreotypist, ambrotypist, photographer.
Born In Washington D.C., 1810; 147 Lexington (1849); 155 Baltimore (1850-1867);
44 Lexington (1868-1886); 9 E. Lexington 1887-1889); $2000 capital invested,
250 plates on hand, 1 male employee, $50 ave. monthly labor cost, 5500
likenesses produced annually. USC 1860, TS, CD, USMC 1850.
Labels: Embossed case pad "POLLOCK/ 147 Lexington ST./ BALTIMORE" for earliest
Images; mats blind-stamped "POLLOCK BALTo." after move to Baltimore Street
DAGUERREOTYPES--BALTIMORE ST., next door to Calvert-- The most central
location, and largest light in Baltimore-- one of the best, full sized Cameras
in the world-- the most conveniently arranged and elegantly furnished rooms,
with a private dressing apartment for ladies, in charge of one of their own
sex-- to say nothing of the superiority of the PICTURES produced-- must soon
place this establishment far ahead of all others in public favor and patronage.
TS, January 11, 1850.
None of the Daguerreotypists of Balto. except Pollock, are considered
worthy of confidence or credit. They are generally an unreliable and
irresponsible set of men who spend faster than they make, would not credit any
of them (except the one named) ... DC (Maryland, Vol. 8, p. 519).
PORTER, WILLIAM SOUTHGATE, daguerreotypist.
Gallery in the Franklin Buildings, NE. corner North & Baltimore (May 20,
1846-1848); to Cincinnati, Ohio (1848). TS, CD, AD.
PRATT, A.W., daguerreotypist.
Mentioned in advertisement for Cooke/s 25 cents Gallery that he was employed as
an operator after previously working in French's Gallery, Boston. TS, January
211 Baltimore (ca. 1850). Imprint on pad of miniature daguerreotype case,
PURCELL, C.W., daguerreotypist.
128 Baltimore (August 1849-April 1850). BA.
Daguerreotypes-- We have recently taken occasion to notice several of the most
prominent establishments in this city which have introduced into their practice
the late improvements in this beautiful art. Among them we would direct
attention to the rooms of Mr. C.W. Purcell, No. 128 Baltimore street. This
gentleman was formerly an operator for Mr. Plumbe, but most recently for
Messrs. Broadbent & Cary, the beautiful style of whose pictures attracted
general commendation. The process of coloring adopted by Mr. Purcell gives to
his pictures a very natural appearance, while their execution in every other
respect is most finished. Mr. P. evinces a great degree of taste in the
arrangement of the sitter, so that his portraits are free from that stiffness
which is frequently noticed in works of this kind. Those who may be disposed
to have their own likenesses taken, or may wish to secure those of their
friends, can feel assured that they will be done in the most approved style at
Mr. Purcell's establishment. BA, August 9, 1849.
RABENAU, DANIEL, daguerreotypist.
Over 127 W. Baltimore (1858-1859). CD.
RIDDLE, A.J., daguerreotypist.
163 N. Gay (1851). TS.
ROBINSON, ___________, daguerreotypist.
112 Baltimore (1844-18@5). BA.
ROBINSON, HENRY B., daguerreotypist.
Dallas, south of Madison which was probably his residence (1853-54). CD.
ROBINSON, J.C., daguerreotypist.
City Daguerrian Gallery, 211 Baltimore (1846-September 1847); 207 1/2 Baltimore
(October 1847- ?). BA.
The Proprietor of the City Daguerrian Gallery would wish to call the
attention of his friends to the very great improvements which he has lately
effected in that old and famed establishment. (The oldest now existing in the
United States, and probably in the world, having been in constant operation
since July, 1840.) The new and splendid Operating Room in now completed, with
the largest and best light in the city, being 12 by 15 feet, opening clear of
obstruction to the broad sky. The instruments are also new, and of the largest
and best of German manufacture; and besides these, various other important
improvements have been introduced, calculated to render the LIKENESSES made at
this Gallery, superior to any thing ever before offered to the public of
Pictures taken in any weather--cloudy as well as clear; indeed, it might
not be amiss to remark, that cloudy weather merely lenghthens the time of
sitting a few seconds only, and is very much easier upon the eyes of the
sitter; therefore, the chance of getting a good expression to a picture is
better in cloudy than in clear.
The quickest time for young children is best, consequently, near the
middle of a clear day for them is preferred. . . . BA, January 18, 1847.
ROOT, C.S., daguerreotypist.
SE. corner Baltimore & South (1849-1850). CD.
RUCKLE, MRS. THOMAS C., daguerreotypist. 207 1/2 Baltimore (1848).
THS. C. RUCKLE has established the Lawrence Daguerrean Gallery . . . in a
room adjoining his Painting Room, which will be conducted by Mrs. Ruckle, under
his immediate supervision. Those wishing to secure beautiful, graceful, and
harmonious pictures, are requested to call. TS, October 27, 1848.
RUFF, RICHARD H., daguerreotypist, ambrotypist, stereographer.
147 E. Baltimore (1856-1857); 19 W. Baltimore (1858); 52 E. Baltimore (1860).
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