1856 Rooms over Hicks’ China Hall, Nashville, Tennessee
J. W. & E. S. Wood were recorded in an announcement on October 26, 1856 in the Nashville Union and American (Nashville, Tennessee). Mechanics’ Institute. Second Annual Exhibition. Premiums Awarded… Class No. 6—Marble Work, Paintings, Drawing, Daguerreotypes, Etc.
J. W. & E. S. Dodge, Nashville, Miniatures on Ivory……………………. 5. J. W. & E. S. Dodge, Nashville, Photographs, plain and colored…….…5. A. Larcomb, Nashville, Ambrotypes……………………………….……. 5. Hughes Brothers, Nashville, Daguerreotypes……………………………5.
The identity of the J. W. is probably John Wood Dodge who was active in St. Louis, Missouri in 1855 and in Nashville, Tennessee from 1855-1858(+). E. S. is probably Edward Samuel Dodge. In looking through genealogical records I discovered that they were in fact brothers. Both were painters and are recorded in the New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artist in American 1564-1860. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list Edward Samuel in Richmond, Virginia in 1844 and Augusta, Georgia in 1850-1853. Early Georgia Photographers 1841-1861 a Biographical Checklist Compiled by E. Lee Eltzroth list him in in Augusta, Georgia from 1848-1853.
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.
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.