Brady, Mathew B. 1823-1896


MATHEW B. BRADY, of Irish descent, was taught photography and launched in the United States by Samuel B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph. He was one of the leading pioneers in photography and was celebrated or his portraits of famous men. f p

All the Presidents of the United States from 1845 to 1896 were photographed in his studios at New York and Washington. He was widely known during the period of the daguerreotype, and was awarded first prize at the 1844 New York World's Fair and the Universal Exposition of London in 1851. In spite of this, his daguerreotypes and collodion plates remained unknown until my recent discovery of forty-five daguerreotypes and 3,000 plates. They represent the only known collection of original negatives of this

At the London Exposition of 1851, Brady exhibited forty-five daguerreotypes which attracted so much attention that Queen Victoria made note of them, and when the Princes of Wales (Edzward VII) visited the United States in 1860 he wrote down two important things to do-have his photograph taken by Brady and go to Barnum's Circus.

Brady was Lincoln's favourite photographer. His New York studio, called The Valhalla of Broadway, was the meeting place of fashionable America from 1841 to 1860. After amassing a fortune, however, the photographer spent all his money in making a pictorial cord of the Civil War which was published in ten volumes. The enemy took the darkroom on wheels in which he rambled over the battlefields for some new-fangled war machine.

His original plates of the Civil War are now the property of the United ,States government, which bought them at aution after he went bankrupt, and which later, by an Act of Congress, paid the photographer the sum of $ 25,000.

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