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Byron & Bent

1851                155 Atlantic Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Byron & Ben were first recorded in an announcement on May 12, 1851 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York.)  Brooklyn Not To Be Outdone.—Byron & Bent, of 155 Atlantic Street, Brooklyn, whose artistic skill as Daguerreotypist, is rapidly gaining for them a distinguished celebrity, determined to keep pace with the New York artists, have, with a laudable enterprise, fitted up a Daguerrian gallery that will vie with any in the modern Gotham.  In point of accuracy of delineation, distinctness of execution and style, the likenesses by Byron & Bent, are as perfect as any we have seen, and superior to many, by artists who have had a longer experience, and hold a high rank in their profession.  We command Messrs. B. & B. to the patronage of their fellow citizens.  Their charges are moderate, and the portraits are permanent, which is not the case with very many of the low priced artists—we mean those who charge 50 cts.  Pay them a visit, and give them a trial; you will be sure to call again!

The following week an advertisement appeared on May 17 and ran until August 22, 1851 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York.)  Daguerrian Gallery, (From Meade Brothers,) 155 Atlantic street, Brooklyn.  The great want of a good Daguerrian Gallery, in South Brooklyn, has long been felt, and the subscribers have been induced to fit up the first floor over the splendid store of G. D. Sweetzer, at 155 Atlantic street, as one of the first class; and they can say, without fear of contradiction, that in point of convenience and general capabilities, it is surpassed by none in the States.

The Proprietors will always be on the spot, and guarantee that none but Superior Pictures shall be issued from their establishment.  Ladies and elderly persons will find a great convenience in the gallery and operating room being on the first floor.  Children’s Portraits taken in a few seconds.  Portraits taken at private residences.  A choice assortment of Lockets & c.  Portraits (colored) from $1.00 upwards, Portraits with Locket included,          $2.50.  Byron & Bent.

While Walter C. Byron and Edward Stanley Bent are known and have been recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry the new information is that they worked for the Meade Brothers.

Bixby & Doane

Bixby & Doane were recorded twice in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont.) The first notice was on November 22, 1844. Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Messrs. Bixby and Doane, having received instructions and purchased an apparatus from Mead brothers who have spent some time in this place, and are now taking capital Daguerreotypes.  They have all the latest improvements in the art, and have been eminently successful in taking a great number of likenesses.  Nothing can exceed the delicate and faithful portraiture of this wonderful invention.  It transfers the features and expression with the exactness of a mirror, and by the new process of gilding as it is called, fastens the impression ineffaceably upon the plate.  We advise all who desire to preserve valuable mementoes of themselves or their friends, to call on Messrs. Bixby & Doane, over Cole & Robinson’s, where they can see the likenesses of their neighbors, and satisfy themselves as to their correctness.

The second notice was on January 31, 1845 in the same newspaper.  Daguerreotypes.  Our young friends Bixby & Doane, have taken almost every body’s likeness here, are about, we learn, to go elsewhere in quest of faces.  We can only say of them as we have before, they are not only very estimable young townsmen of ours, but they take Daguerreotypes as neatly and faithfully as we have ever seen them taken.  Our friends elsewhere are advised that they cannot get their faces taken better than by these young men, as they have the latest improvements in their art.

The third advertisement appeared on June 5, 1845 in the Spirit of the Age newspaper Woodstock, Vermont.)  Premium Colored Daguerreotypes.  Messrs. Bixby & Doane, Would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Woodstock and vicinity that they have taken Rooms at the Temperance House, where they are now ready to execute these pictures in any variety of style, either in Pins, Bracelets, Lockets, Cases or Frames.  By aid of new chemical agents, most splendid results are obtained; and multitudes are being delighted daily, at the astonishing perfection,, to which, in point of delineation, boldness, and unerring truthfulness this art has so suddenly attained.  Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine the specimens.

Instruction in the art given on reasonable terms.  Stock and apparatus constantly on hand, which will be furnished as low as can be purchased in any city.  All orders promptly executed.    Woodstock, June 4, 1845.  The advertisement ran from June 5 to 19, 1845.

Both Bixby and Doane are not recorded in other photographic directories.  A possible identification of Doane…One could speculate that it might be Thomas Coffin Doane, it has been reported that he learned the daguerreotype business in 1843, and that he opened a studio in 1846 in Montreal, Canada.  In 1859-1865 he was a photographer in Boston.  What is new information is that the Meade Brothers were in Burlington, Vermont.

Edward Stanley Bent

Edward Stanley Bent was recorded an announcement in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) on May 12, 1851, in the partnership of Byron & Bent.  Brooklyn Not To Be Outdone.—Byron & Bent, of 155 Atlantic Street, Brooklyn, whose artistic skill as Daguerreotypist, is rapidly gaining for them a distinguished celebrity, determined to keep pace with the New York artists, have, with a laudable enterprise, fitted up a Daguerrian gallery that will vie with any in the modern Gotham.  In point of accuracy of delineation, distinctness of execution and style, the likenesses by Byron & Bent, are as perfect as any we have seen, and superior to many, by artists who have had a longer experience, and hold a high rank in their profession.  We command Messrs. B. & B. to the patronage of their fellow citizens.  Their charges are moderate, and the portraits are permanent, which is not the case with very many of the low priced artists—we mean those who charge 50 cts.  Pay them a visit, and give them a trial; you will be sure to call again!

On May 17, 1851 the following advertisement appeared in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle.  The advertisement ran from May 17 to August 22, 1851.  While Stanley is recorded in other photographic directories and is not a new name.  The information in this advertisement states that they were from the Meade Brothers.  Advertisements in the New York Newspapers indicate that the Meade Brothers operated in Williamsburgh, N. Y. in 1853-1854.

Daguerrian Gallery, (From Meade Brothers,) 155 Atlantic street, Brooklyn.  The great want of a good Daguerrian Gallery, in South Brooklyn, has long been felt, and the subscribers have been induced to fit up the first floor over the splendid store of G. D. Sweetzer, at 155 Atlantic street, as one of the first class; and they can say, without fear of contradiction, that in point of convenience and general capabilities, it is surpassed by none in the States.

The Proprietors will always be on the spot, and guarantee that none but Superior Pictures shall be issued from their establishment.  Ladies and elderly persons will find a great convenience in the gallery and operating room being on the first floor.  Children’s Portraits taken in a few seconds.  Portraits taken at private residences.   A choice assortment of Lockets & c.  Portraits (colored) from $1.00 upwards, Portraits with Locket included, $2.50.