1848 Concert Hall, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C.
Paige & Beach (Blanchard P. Paige & Albert Beach) was first recorded in unpublished research A Directory of Nineteenth Century Photographers of Washington, D. C., by Paula Fleming & Laurie Baty. Paige & Beach proprietors for Plumbe Gallery, Washington, D.C.
They next appeared in an advertisement and article. The advertisement appeared in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York) on July 12, 1848 Henry Clay In His 71St Year.—Published this day, (June 6, 1848.) by E. Anthony, 205 Broadway, a beautiful steel mezzotint engraving of Henry Clay, drawn and engraved from several Daguerreotypes by H. H. Ritchie [Possibly Alexander Hay Ritchie]
This likeness was mainly taken from a fine Daguerreotype now in the possession of the subscriber, executed by Messrs. Paige & Beach, Washington. The artists is also indebted to Daguerreotypes taken by Messrs. Root, Simons, and W. & F. Langenheim of Philadelphia, and M. B. Brady, M. M. Lawrence and the Plumbe Gallery of New York, to all of whom the subscriber takes this occasion to express his thanks for the liberality with which they placed their valuable pictures at his disposal.
In addition to its merits as an exquisite likeness, this picture stands unrivaled as a work of art.
The title prefixed to this advertisement will distinguish the engraving from any other likeness of Henry Clay published by the subscriber or others.
Price of Proofs on India paper, $1. Price of plain paper, 50 cents. Price of prints in enameled frames, from $1 upwards. For sale by E. Anthony, 205 Broadway.
Daniel Webster.—Also a fine steel engraving of Daniel Webster by Ritchie, from an excellent Daguerreotype by Whipple, of the same size and style with the above.
To any Editor who will give the above advertisement, with this notice, a prominent insertion, a copy of Henry Clay will be forwarded on the receipt of the paper.
The article appeared in the American Telegraph (Washington, D. C.) on July 8, 1851. A sad case.—about a week ago the records of the Criminal Court should that Albert Beach had been found guilty of obtaining money under false pretenses; and he was yesterday sentenced by Judge Crawford to the Penitentiary for eighteen months.
This man is, we suppose, about thirty-six years old. He was educated to commercial business in the city of New York, where he afterward held a profitable and responsible position in one of the first establishments. He subsequently followed the business of daguerreotyping in this city, with apparently very good success; and while so engaged, two or three years ago, married a most estimable and excellent young lady. To the surprise of many, however, he suddenly sold out his interest in the daguerreotyping establishment, and threw himself out of business for a time; but after a little commenced an auction store, in which his career was brief, as many who had come to know him predicted. His course was then rapidly downward, and instead of “swelling” at the hotels he turned to lounging at the groggeries; and instead of trying to effect “transactions” at wholesale stores, his aim was simply to “do” some poor fool out of a few dollars. Caught in one of these tricks, he has at least been sentenced to the felon’s punishment….
The partnership of Paine & Beach is not recorded in published photographic directories. Paine is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, but Albert Beach is not.