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Antoine Claudet

b. Lyon, France, 16 July or 12 August 1797?

 d. London, 27 December 1867


Antoine-Jean-Francois Claudet was born in Lyon, France, in 1797.

Claudet settled in London in 1827. HL    He became a glass merchant living in High Holborn.

After being taught the daguerreotype process by its inventor, Claudet purchased the first Daguerreotype licence in England, for which he paid 200 to  the British patentee, Miles Berry.  P

He established his own photographic studio on the roof of the Adelaide Gallery, behind St. Martin's church, Trafalgar Square, London, from 1841 to 1851, and later opened at 107 Regent Street, 1852-58     L, H

Claudet became one of the first practitioners to successfully reduce exposure times for the daguerreotype process.    G


Claudet later took out a licence to practice the Talbot's calotype process, but had little success using this process for commercial portraiture   C

Brian Coe's book, the Birth of Photography includes attractive portraits by Claudet, including a self-portrait [p.68] and a photograph of Talbot [p23], both from the collection of the Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock.   C

Claudet's studio was the first to use a painted backdrop behind the sitters.  It was Claudet who discovered that it was possible to develop his prints under a red light, rather than in total darkness.  M

References:    C = Brian Coe:    G = Getty Museum:    H  =  John Hannavy:      HL = BEC Howarth-Loomes:
L =
Dr R Leggat:     M = Richard Morris:       P = Bob Pullen


Claudet's Links with Edinburgh



Claudet exhibited 20 photographs in the Art Manufactures Exhibition held in Edinburgh in 1856.


He exhibited in the Photographic Society of Scotland (PSS) 3rd Exhibition in 1858


He became a member of the PSS in 1860.


He exhibited Daguerreotypes and mounted stereoscopic slides at:

 -  1st PSS  Exhibition in December 1856

 -  2nd PSS Exhibition in December 1857


He was awarded a Silver Medal for the best portrait in the PSS 5th Exhibition  - Feb 1861


He exhibited framed prints in the PSS Members' Exhibition in 1863.


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