1859 Rooms at the store recently occupied by G. P. Brinck, on Texas Street, Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mr. Coutant was recorded in an announcement on January 19, 1859 in The South-Western (Shreveport, Louisiana). Portraits.—Those wishing to obtain handsome and life-like portraits, miniatures, photograph or ambrotype pictures, are referred to the card of Mr. Coutant.
He was also recorded in an advertisement that ran from January 19 to February 9, 1859 in The South-Western (Shreveport, Louisiana). W. H. Coutant. Portrait Painter, Photographist and Ambrotypist, Respectfully inform the citizens of Shreveport, that he has taken rooms at the store recently occupied by G. P. Brinck, on Texas street, where he would be pleased to execute all orders in the above arts entrusted to him.
Mr. Coutant is not recorded in other photographic directories. A listing for W. H. Coutant, was found The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of American Artists In America 1564-1860. W. H. Coutant, miniaturist, New Orleans, 1832. This is possibly the same person.
1857 49 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee.
W. Cooper was recorded in an announcement on October 31, 1857 in The Winchester Home Journal (Winchester, Tennessee). Portrait Painting. W. Cooper, is permanently located in Nashville, at number 49, Church street, over Cornelius’ Furniture store, and is prepared to paint Portraits and Photographic Likenesses, from Miniature to Life size, at short notice, and entire satisfaction given. Persons at a distance can send their pictures, which will answer all purposes.
W. Cooper is not listed in other photographic directories or in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1856-1860.
1859 292 Main Street, Calhoun Block, Memphis Tennessee.
W. H. Conant was recorded in an announcement on July 30, 1859 in the Memphis Daily Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee). Artistic.—W. H. Conant, portrait painter and Photographist, respectfully informs the citizens of Memphis that he has taken rooms in the Calhoun Block, No. 292 Main street, adjoining Mr. Yearout’s daguerrean gallery. Portraits and photographs in oil on canvass, cabinet or life size, will be painted from life, ambrotypes or daguerreotypes.
W. H. Conant is not recorded in other photographic directories. He was also not listed in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of American Artist 1564-1860.
N. D. Address Unknown, New Orleans, Louisiana. N. D. Address Unknown, Paris France. 1857 Address Unknown, Africa.
Richard Clague was recorded in an announcement on September 17, 1857 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont). African Explorations… October last, under the auspices of Mahommed Said, the present enlightened Viceroy of Egypt. The expedition was planned by M. I’Escatrac de Lauture, a Frenchman, who was joined by sis of his own countrymen, four Austrian gentlemen, one Prussia, an Englishman, and one American, all of them men of scientific professions, or attainment. The American was Mr. Clagne, of New Orleans, a photographic artist.
Richard Clague is not recorded in any of the photographic directories I have referenced. In fact every reference I have checked only refers to his landscape/portrait painting. According to The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artist in America 1564-1860 Clague was an artist, teacher and landscape painter, who is recorded as being in New Orleans in 1851. A search of the New Orleans newspapers might shed more light on Clague’s photographic career.
1856 434 Pennsylvania Avenue, Between 4½ and 6th Streets, Washington, D. C. 1857 Address and Location Unknown
Professor J. Edwin Churchill was recorded in two announcements, the first on September 6, 1856 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.). ….Prof. J. E. Churchill, the distinguished American artist, is in this city. Some of his exquisite specimens of photographs in oil, among which is a fine likeness of Mrs. Julia Dean Hayne, may be seen at Whitehurst’s gallery.
The second on August 26, 1857 in the same paper. Prof. J. E. Churchill has just finished a fine photographic portrait in oil, of President Buchanan.
According to The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artist in America 1564-1860 J. Edwin Churchill is recorded as a portrait painted in Philadelphia in 1860.
Jefferson Beardsley (1833-1895) was recorded in an advertisement in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York) on September 15, 1858 and which ran until February 23, 1859. His address is based on Moses Reeves’s advertisement 49 Owego Street, over T. C. Thompson’s Merchant Tailor’s store, Ithaca.
The Sun Still Shines! “By their Works ye know them.” I would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and surrounding country, that I have taken the rooms formerly occupied by M. Reeves, over T. C. Thompson’s and 2 doors west of Culver’s store, where I am prepared to take all kinds of Photographic Pictures in a superior manner. I will take pictures of Invalids or Deceased Persons, at their residence, on the most reasonable terms and the shortest possible notice. Portraits painted—miniature or life size—in oil and crayon, Views of residences, Draughting and pictures of every description painted to Order.
Another example of a painter doing photography. After doing an internet search for Jefferson Beardsley. I found out that he was a portrait and landscape painter and photographer, working into the 1880’s and possibly beyond. He is listed in The New York Historical Society Dictionary of Artist in America, 1864-1860. As a genre painter, Ithaca (N. Y.), exhibited at the National Academy in 1859.
A foot note Beardsley attended the American Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia in 1876 and evidently purchased photographs of French pornography, sometime after he returned home he was charged with a crime and stood trial after college student and young men came in contact with them, he was also accused of making copies. At the end of the trial he was sentenced to six months of hard labor.
 Zen And The Art Of Local History (edited by Carol Kammen, Bob Beatty) p. 103-110.
On September 20, 1853 A. Andrews advertises in the Penn Yan Democrat, Penn-Yan, New York. Offering his daguerreotype apparatus for sale. The subscriber having tried daguerreotyping to his heart contented, or rather discontented, has returned to his first love. “portrait painting, and now wishes to sell out his whole apparatus. He has on hand a full and complete apparatus, chemicals, a snug little outfit of Plates, Cases, Lockets, &c. all of which he will sell upon the most reasonable terms for Ready Cash
Any one wishing to embark in the Daguerrian business cannot do better than to call on the subscriber at his rooms in Penn Yan, in the old Stewart & Tunnicliff building, up stairs.
There is only one A. Andrews listed in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists In America 1564-1860. It is Ambrose Andrews, but there is no proof at this time that they are the same person.