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Last NameBeard    
Given NameRichard    
alt. NamesR. B. ;     
Childrenphotographer John    
Year born1801 or 1802 in East Stonehouse, Devon    
Year died1885    
Place of deathin Hampstead and buried at Hampstead Cemetery    
Father's occupationRichard Bowden Beard (1773-1840) and his wife, Elizabeth (1775-1818)    
Educationformer coal merchant turned entrepreneur    
Country of ActivityIreland    
Worked forHenry Mayhew: London Labor & the London Poor (1851, originally published in the Morning Chronicle 1849/50) ;    
PatronageRoyal Polytechnic Institution, Regent Street, Dublin (with B's photogr. studio) ;    
Collaboratorscopper engraver, gaguerreotypist, and photographer ->Francis Stewart Beatty ; with his son John & Alexander Wolcott, an instrument maker to market a photographical camera ; chemist John Frederick Goddard ;    
Techniquesearly forms of photography, esp.daguerreotype portraits; experiments in photo-engraving & colouring exp.    
Archival sourceshttp://www.source.ie/issues/issues0120/issue04/is04artfrabea.html    
Published sourcesPeter Welch: Dublin's first look into the camera, Dublin Historical Record 62 (2009): 38-41 & 47 ;    
otherR. B. described himself in 1851 as a "photographic artist" and exhibited at The Great Exhibition in London 1851, later lost interest in photography & became coal dealer.    

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