1859 Room at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Washington, Louisiana.
H. S. Breen was recorded in two advertisements in The Opelousas Patriot (Opelousas, Louisiana) on January 1, 1859, advertisement ran through January 29th. Photographic Rooms, Odd Fellows’ Hall, Washington.—Mr. H. S. Breen has at considerable expense, fitted up his rooms and is now prepared to execute in every style any kind of picture made in the United States. Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Photographs, plain and colored, and Crayon Mezzographs on canvass.
Those wishing pictures and portraits that are artistic and durable, are requested to give him a call. He can not compete either in price or execution with cheap Operators whose only expense is a pocket instrument and a dozen paper cases. Those wishing cheap worthless pictures need not call.
The second advertisement ran from February 12 through April 30, 1859. Photographic Gallery.—Odd Fellows’ Building, Washington, La. It is as great a mistake to suppose that anybody can become a good Photographist as to conclude that any one can be a Hiram Powers or a Shakespeare. There was a time within memory of all when the entire country was overrun with a set of one horse daguerrean operators whose claim to the name artist were about as well founded as those of the Rev. Dauphin Williams to the throne of France. This “noble army of martyrs” has been gradually decreasing for some years past and a very superior class of men an acknowledged position among the fine arts, and has been brought to a high degree of perfection by the combined efforts genius and labor. Mere dabsters have been taught that two or three weeks is not sufficient to place them on a par with men who have spent years of toil and study in developing and perfecting the art. Among those who have made this art their study since the first incipient process was invented by the immortal Daguerre Is H. S. Breen who has lately fitted up in Washington one of the most complete suite of rooms in the South. He has a light containing over one hundred feet of glass two dozen cameras of every kind and size and a very extensive laboratory of chemicals? In fact he is prepared to execute in the most complete style of art any kind of picture made in the United States. Particular attention is called to his plain photographs which are gems in their way and afforded at so low a price as to be within the reach of all.
His photographs colored in oil are as durable as any oil painting on canvas besides which they are always true representations of the original. Washington, La., February 5, 1859.
Breen is not recorded in other photographic directories.