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Catalogue Entry 1989

[] Portrait of Michael Faraday by Antoine Claudet, early/mid 1840s. In 1841 Claudet had invented one of the chemical improvements which made the daguerreotype fast enough to take portraits. Faraday's association with photography began in January 1839, when he and Talbot first announced the invention of the photogenic drawing. The words 'Claudet Houghton' have been scribbled on the front of this daguerreotype, perhaps before the image was formed; George Houghton was Claudet's partner in his original trade of glass merchant, but this is the only evidence of his connection with photography.

[From the exhibition booklet Photography 150: Images from the First Generation (Oxford: Museum of the History of Science, 1989)]

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