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William King & Brother

1859                2 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

William King & Brother were recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 6 to 31, 1859 in The Daily Exchange (Baltimore, Maryland).  Christmas!  Christmas!!  Christmas!!!  Presents For The Holidays.  Stereoscopic Views of the most noted scenery, places, buildings, monuments, statuary, &c., of this and foreign countries, together with descriptive, sentimental and comic figures and groups, as true as nature, one of the most pleasing and instructive presents for the season.

Also, a fine selection of Photographs and plain and colored prints.  Wm. King & Bro., Artist and Photographer’s Depot, No. 2 N. Liberty Street.

William King & Brother are not listed in Directory of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 by Ross J. Kelbaugh until 1863.  Possibly William H., King, Jr. and Alfred H King active in New York city 1849-1857.

Kerfoot & King

1845                Rooms 197½ & 218 Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland.                        1845                Rooms 163 Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

Kerfoot & King (B. F. King) were recorded in an advertisement and an announcement in the American Republican and Baltimore Daily Clipper (Baltimore, Maryland).  The advertisement ran from February 5 to September 17, 1845.  Photographic Likenesses.  Taken on an improved principle by Kerfoot & King.  A favorable opportunity is now offered to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Baltimore, to obtain Miniature Portraits in the most perfect style of execution, which for life-like beauty, distinctness and accuracy, are acknowledged to be unsurpassed.  Children taken at all ages, in from four to ten seconds.  Adults in from fifteen seconds to one minute.  Families taken in groups; also invalids and deceased persons taken at their residence on the shortest notice.  Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather and satisfaction guaranteed in all cases.  Original Paintings are likewise correctly copied.

Rooms 197½ and 218 south side of Baltimore Street between Charles and Light streets, where persons are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens and judge for themselves.  Miniatures colored in the most beautiful manner.

The announcement appeared on April 29, 1845.  City Intelligence…Mr. Editor, Knowing you to be a gentleman of particular observation and a lover of the fine arts, and also that your calling leads you to observe and note what combines novelty, interest and merit, the pure test of the march of improvement and discovery, I will not presume, that, in your peregrination over the surface of our fair city, you have failed to notice the attractive show of Daguerrean likenesses, taken by the Messrs. King & Kerfoot, at their gallery of paintings, no. 163 Baltimore St.  Any one, having a leisure moment, would be ample repaid for even a passing glance at their numerous specimens: for I take it upon me to say, that Plumbe, or Anthony and Edwards, though they be masters of this art, are unable more perfectly “to hold the mirror up to Nature:” nor do I believe, that the general outline and features of the face can be more vividly and truthfully portrayed.  But these gentlemen have silenced the only remaining doubt as to the rank they are destined to occupy among the description of artists: for they have taken, as any one may see at the foot of the stairs, the identical “Only a few more left”—the genuine razor-strop man—basket, strops, and his speaking card.  Look and see if it can  be beaten.   A Visitor.

Kerfoot is not recorded in other photographic directories.  B. F. King is recorded, but the partnership and the 1845 date is new information.

Johnson

1847    Address Unknown, Baltimore, Maryland.

Reported in an announcement on  October 14, 1847 in the McGrawville Express (McGrawville, New York).  Deaths In Mexico.—We have before us, this morning, accounts of four isolated deaths in Mexico, three by wounds received in battle, and one by assassination.  The three who died from their wounds, were Lieut. Twiggs, of Virginia and Lieut. Murry Winder, of Maryland, both wounded in the attack on Major  Lally’s command, and Lieut. McElvin, of Ohio, who was wounded in a fight near Santa Fe.  The fourth was an unfortunate Daguerreotype artist from Baltimore, named Johnson, who went out alone with a rifle, near Cerro Gordo, and, falling in with a party of guerillas, was killed by them.—N. Y. Com. Adv.

Reported in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Baltimore, Maryland in June of 1847.

Hape & Kuhn

1856                Rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Charles Town, Virginia.                                                1856-1857     Over 207½ West Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland.[1]

Hape & Kuhn (Samuel & Frank) were recorded in an advertisement that ran from September 6 to 20, 1856 in the Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, Virginia).  Ambrotypes! Or Imperishable Pictures On Glass.  Hape & Kuhn, Ambrotypist Artist of Baltimore, would respectfully announce to the citizens of Charlestown, that they have taken rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, where they are prepared to furnish in the highest style of the art, the now popular and incomparable Ambrotype.

These pictures are made on plate glass and protected by a coating of varnish on both sides, rendering them impervious to the action of water or acids of any kind.  They do not reverse the subject, but represent everything in its true position; and being without the glare of the Daguerreotype, may be seen in any light.  The Ambrotype possesses many beauties not discernable in the Daguerreotype.  Call and examine specimens and see for yourselves.

Hape & Kuhn are recorded in both Directory of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Baltimore, but not in Virginia.

[1] Directory Of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 by Ross J. Kelbaugh.

DeWitt C. Grenell

N. D.               5½ Tremont Row, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                                            N. D.               205 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                                      N. D.               100 Chestnut, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.                                                                        N. D.               Eighth and Chestnut, Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.                                            N. D.               205 Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland.                                                                      1849                Rooms in Safford’s New Block, Watertown, New York.                                              1850                236 Grand Street, New York, New York.                                                          1851                557 & 559 Broadway, New York, New York.

DeWitt C. Grenell was recorded in three advertisements.  The first advertisement ran on October 17 to November 14, 1849 in the Northern New York Journal (Watertown, New York).  Daguerreotype, Plumbotype, and Calotype Pictures, “Secure the Shadow ere the Substance Fades.”  DeWitt C. Grenell, Daguerrean Artist, just arrived from New York and Philadelphia, with the largest assortment of Daguerreotype Stock, Apparatus and Specimens, ever exhibited in Watertown.  Having had many years experience in the largest establishments in the United States, viz: Southworth & Hawes, Boston, M. B. Brady, N. York, T. P. & D. C. Collins, McLees & German sic. McCless & Germon Philadelphia, also Plumbe’s National Daguerrean Gallery, Baltimore.  He has taken and furnished in the best manner three large and commodious rooms in Safford’s New Block, opposite the American Hotel.  Having a thorough knowledge of all the late improvements in the art, and a superior Apparatus, he feels confident his portraits will excel anything before offered.  Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens , among which are several distinguished personages.  Photographs neatly set in Lockets, Pins and Rings.  Family Groups of any desired size, also Children taken instantly.

Daguerreotype Stock constantly on hand at the lowest New York Prices.  Goods will be forwarded to Operators in the country on the shortest notice.  Also, instructions given to any person desiring to learn the mysteries of the art.  Watertown, Sept. 26th, 1849.

The Second advertisement ran on June 8 & 10, 1851 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  D. C. Grenell’s New-York Daguerreian Gallery at the Alhambra, building 557 & 559 Broadway, formerly occupied by J. Niblo, is now open for the reception of the public; no expense has been spared in making it one of the most perfect establishments of the kind in the world, with a thorough knowledge of every improvement the art has attained, and operators of long experience and superior talent employed enables the proprietor to warrant every picture equal to any taken in this country.  The Sky light which is arranged upon a new plan, is superior to many and surpassed by none.  The public can rely upon perfect satisfaction, both with regard to quality and price.

The third advertisement ran on June 9 & 10, 1851 in the New York Daily Tribune.  (New York, New York.)  June 9, 1851, Vol. XI, No. 3165, P. 4.

D. C. Grenell’s New-York Daguerreian Gallery at the Alhambra, building 557 & 559 Broadway, formerly occupied by J. Niblo, is now open for the reception of the public; no expense has been spared in making it one of the most perfect establishments of the kind in the world, with a thorough knowledge of every improvement the art has attained, and operators of long experience and superior talent employed enables the proprietor to warrant every picture equal to any taken in this country. The Sky light which is arranged upon a new plan, is superior to many and surpassed by none. The public can rely upon perfect satisfaction, both with regard to quality and price.

DeWitt C. Grenell is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1850 to 1851 in New York City.

J. Wistar Davis

1846                Rooms in the Franklin Building, N. E. corner of North and Baltimore Streets,                                Baltimore Maryland.                                                                                                            1846                Rooms, Nos. 14 & 15 Franklin Buildings, N. E. corner of North and Baltimore                                  Streets, Baltimore, Maryland.                                                                                            1847-1849     Rooms, Nos. 14 & 15 Franklin Buildings, corner of North and Baltimore                                           Streets, Baltimore, Maryland.[1]

J. Wistar Davis was recorded in two advertisements in 1846. The first advertisement ran from December 5 to 19, 1846 in the American Republican and Baltimore Daily Clipper (Baltimore, Maryland). Davis’ Daguerreotype Rooms, (Late Porter’s,) In Franklin Buildings, N. E. corner of North and Baltimore streets, Entrance in North Street, opposite the Patriot office.

Likenesses taken in clear or cloudy weather, and warranted not to fade.  Hours of operating from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M.

Having taken the rooms recently occupied by Mr. Porter and caused them to be remodeled, refitted and the arrangement of light greatly improved, the subscriber is now prepared to execute correct and elegant Daguerreotype Portraits, both Singly and in Groups.  Possessing a thorough knowledge of the art, and extensive practical experience in Chemistry, (having been, for several years, joint proprietor of J. W. & R. W. Davis’ Drug and Chemical Establishment,) together with superior instruments, apparatus and materials, and determined to spare no efforts to please, the subscriber confidently hopes for a share of the public patronage.  A small Boy wanted—apply as above. J. Wistar Davis.

The second advertisement ran from December 21 to 31, 1846 in the American Republican and Baltimore Daily Clipper (Baltimore, Maryland).  Davis’ Daguerreotype Rooms, Nos. 14 & 15 Franklin Buildings, N. E. corner of North and Baltimore streets, Entrance in North Sts.

Likenesses taken in Clear or Cloudy weather, and warranted not to fade.  The proprietor has caused theses rooms to be remodeled, the arrangement of light improved, and possessing superior instruments, and materials, execute correct and elegant Daguerrian Portraits, in the shortest possible time, and at very low prices.  He has just received some handsome new style morocco Cases, well adapted for Holliday Presents.

J. Wistar Davis is listed in Directory of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 from 1847-1849, and in Craig’s Daguerreian Register from 1847-1850.

[1] Activity dates and address from Directory of Maryland Photographers, 1839-1900.  By Ross J. Kelbaugh.

D. L. Clark

1858                Address and Location Unknown, Maryland.

D. L. Clark was recorded on November 3, 1858 in The Daily Exchange (Baltimore, Maryland).   The Maryland Institute Exhibition, Closing Night.  Address of the President, Sam’l Sands, Esq.  The Award Of Premiums…Class No. 43.—

F. W. & R. King, for photographic view cameras and stereoscopic view cameras, Silver Medal;                                                                                                                                                                            S. G. Israel, for photographs in oil, water color, India ink and plain, and ambrotypes and photographic views on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Silver Medal.                                            D. L. Clark, for photographic view of Barbee’s Fisher Girl. Diploma.

D. L. Clark is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Baltimore, Maryland. Both F. W. & R. King and S. G. Israel are known to be active in Baltimore.

G. A. Barnard

G. A. Barnard was recorded in The Daily Exchange, (Baltimore, Maryland)  in an advertisement which ran from November 2, 1858 to May 2, 1859.

Photographs In Oil Colors, Photographs— in India Ink, Photographs—in Water Colors, Photographs—Plain Mammoth Size, Photographs—in every style, Photographs—made every size, Photographic Temple of Art, G. A. Barnard, No. 213 Baltimore street.

There is no listing for G. A. Barnard in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, or The Directory of Maryland Photographers. 1839-1900 (Ross J. Kelbaugh.)