- 1840 (Creation)
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Name of creator
Hugh Lee Pattinson was the great grandfather of Sir Lawrence. Born 25 December 1796, he became an industrial chemist. He is known for patenting the Pattinson process of refining silver, as well as his daguerreotype photographs taken in 1840.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Presented in 1926 to Newcastle University Library by Elsa Bell (the presentation was made at the same time as the Gertrude Bell book collection and photograph albums - there is mention in the records that the deguerreotypes had originally belonged to Gertrude Bell's Grandfather)
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Daguerreotypes were an early form of photography which did not permit reproduction therefore the images on the plates are unique. The daguerreoytypes in Special Collections have particular significance because among them are the first-known photographic images of Niagara Falls and the Clifton Hotel, taken in 1840 by metallurgical chemist and industrialist, Hugh Lee Pattinson (1796-1858) who was Gertrude Bell's great-grandfather.
There are also two daguerreotypes depicting Rome which are signed 'Lerebours'. The daguerreotypes have deteriorated: the plates exhibit signs of spotting, surface scratches, there are cracks in the glass and the plates have oxidised but they have been conserved and digitised.
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No further material is expected to be added to the collection
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Closed for general access due to their extreme fragility. Digital copies are available.
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UK copyright law applies
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Preferred citation: Daguerreotypes, DAG, held at Newcastle University Libraries.
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This EAD description created 10/12/2018.