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    Portrait of James Challis

    Date
    ca. 1860
    Sitter
    James Challis (1803 - 1882, British) , Astronomer
    Creator - Organisation
    Maull & Polyblank, Photographer
    Object type
    Image reference
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (print): 90mm
    width (print): 57mm
    height (mount): 98mm
    width (mount): 64mm
    Subject
    Content object
    Description
    Full length studio portrait of the Reverend James Challis standing in academic robes, his right hand on the spine of a book which rests upon a table. Behind is a curtain or drape with a chair to the right of picture.

    Printed below the image: “MAULL & POLYBLANK, LONDON. The reverse has various inscriptions. Printed: “MAULL & POLYBLANK, Photographers, 55 GRACECHURCH STREET, and 187a, PICCADILLY LONDON.”

    James Challis was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1848.
    Transcription
    MAULL & POLYBLANK, LONDON
    MAULL & POLYBLANK, Photographers, 53 GRACECHURCH STREET, and 187a, PICCADILLY LONDON
    Object history
    Henry Maull (1829-1914) was a British photographer who specialised in portraits of noted individuals. Maull formed several partnerships during his career:

    Maull & Polyblank 1856-1865: in partnership with George Henry Polyblank
    Maull, Henry & Co 1866-1872
    Maull & Co 1873-1878
    Maull & Fox 1879-1908: in partnership with John Fox (1832-1907)

    The Royal Society holds approximately 600 photographic portraits of Fellows taken at Henry Maull studios between the mid-nineteenth century and the early twentieth century.
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.7835
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