Edward Stanley Bent was recorded an announcement in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) on May 12, 1851, in the partnership of Byron & Bent. Brooklyn Not To Be Outdone.—Byron & Bent, of 155 Atlantic Street, Brooklyn, whose artistic skill as Daguerreotypist, is rapidly gaining for them a distinguished celebrity, determined to keep pace with the New York artists, have, with a laudable enterprise, fitted up a Daguerrian gallery that will vie with any in the modern Gotham. In point of accuracy of delineation, distinctness of execution and style, the likenesses by Byron & Bent, are as perfect as any we have seen, and superior to many, by artists who have had a longer experience, and hold a high rank in their profession. We command Messrs. B. & B. to the patronage of their fellow citizens. Their charges are moderate, and the portraits are permanent, which is not the case with very many of the low priced artists—we mean those who charge 50 cts. Pay them a visit, and give them a trial; you will be sure to call again!
On May 17, 1851 the following advertisement appeared in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The advertisement ran from May 17 to August 22, 1851. While Stanley is recorded in other photographic directories and is not a new name. The information in this advertisement states that they were from the Meade Brothers. Advertisements in the New York Newspapers indicate that the Meade Brothers operated in Williamsburgh, N. Y. in 1853-1854.
Daguerrian Gallery, (From Meade Brothers,) 155 Atlantic street, Brooklyn. The great want of a good Daguerrian Gallery, in South Brooklyn, has long been felt, and the subscribers have been induced to fit up the first floor over the splendid store of G. D. Sweetzer, at 155 Atlantic street, as one of the first class; and they can say, without fear of contradiction, that in point of convenience and general capabilities, it is surpassed by none in the States.
The Proprietors will always be on the spot, and guarantee that none but Superior Pictures shall be issued from their establishment. Ladies and elderly persons will find a great convenience in the gallery and operating room being on the first floor. Children’s Portraits taken in a few seconds. Portraits taken at private residences. A choice assortment of Lockets & c. Portraits (colored) from $1.00 upwards, Portraits with Locket included, $2.50.