Taylor

Taylor—There were three Taylor’s recorded in an article in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856 the article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia.

The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.  According to the 1856 Philadelphia City Directory, (business directory)there are three Taylor’s listed under Daguerreotype Miniatures, Benjamin F., North West 2nd & Queen,  William at 205 South 2d, and William at 392 Market.  In the Residence section of the same directory only Benjamin F. and William at 392 Market appears.  Further investigation in Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 by Linda A. Ries & Jay W. RubyBenjamin F. Taylor was active in Philadelphia from 1856 to 1893.  William Curtis Taylor was active from 1854 to 1898, and the second William is not recorded, but they do record an Isaac B. Taylor active from 1855 to 1859.  Based on this information the attribution has been attributed to the three.

Taylor, Benjamin F.

1856                Address Unknown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Taylor. — This is a very good gallery, superior to most others. Principally daguerreotypes.

Benjamin F. Taylor is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first-hand account of his work. 

Taylor, William Curtis

1856                392 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Attributed to William Curtis Taylor In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

W. Taylor, Market St. — These daguerreotype specimens are pretty fair. There is, however, a great want of sharpness. In these pictures especially, I noticed that the focus was set on some prominent part of the sitter, to the exclusion of the rest of the body; now, every one will admit, that a mean distance should be taken if we wish to bring each part into exact proportion with the rest, otherwise there will be a dimness about some parts, though one particular point may be perfectly sharp. A mean term should undoubtedly be taken.

William Curtis Taylor is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first had account of his work.  Based on the Market Street address this entry has been attribute to William Curtis Taylor.

Taylor, Isaac B.

1856                Address Unknown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Taylor. — This artist takes pretty fair pictures. For him is not needed the recommendation of order and cleanliness, as the gallery is perfect in this respect. The pictures, however, require greater depth of tone. The gallery is opposite the market, which is not a very good location.    

Isaac B. Taylor is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first-hand account of his work.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900 (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby) and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added. 

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