1850 Rooms at the Athens Hotel, Athens, Tennessee. 1851 Room at G. W. Mayo’s Hotel, Athens, Tennessee.
William Lawrence was recorded in two advertisements in The Athens Post (Athens, Tennessee). The first advertisement ran from April 12 to June 7, 1850. Daguerreotypes. “Surprising art! by which we lend Our countenance to an absent friend Or leave a token for the bower, here love laments the parting hour.”
Wm. Lawrence, a daguerrean Artist of long experience and much practice, respectfully informs the citizens of Athens and vicinity, that he has opened a room at the Athens Hotel, where he is prepared to take Miniature Likenesses by Daguerrean process, at prices so reduced as to bring it within the means of every individual to avail himself of the privilege of obtaining a memento so desirable, to bestow upon a loved one. He respectfully solicits the patronage of Athens and McMinn counties.
Mr. L. could give many flattering notices of his skill, but he deems it unnecessary, as he wishes his work to recommend him. Instruction given in the Art, and Apparatus furnished on liberal terms. April 5, 1850.
The second advertisement ran from September 26 to October 10, 1851. Daguerreotypes, The undersigned flatters himself that his prolonged experience will enable him to give entire satisfaction to those who desire Likenesses by this charming process.—Room at G. W. Mayo’s Hotel, where he will be pleased to renew his acquaintance with his old friends, and make as many new ones as may be disposed to give him a call. Miniatures taken without regard to weather, and neatly set in a Morocco cases, Lockets, Breast-pins, & c. W. Lawrence.
William Lawrence is not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Athens, Tennessee, (McMinn County). Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a William Lawrence in Blount County, Tennessee in 1850. It’s unknown if they are the same person.