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Samuel Broadbent 
Portrait of a couple, possibly brother and sister, or mother and son 
1855 (or later, patent) 
Daguerreotype, 1/2 plate 
Internet - Original source ill-defined 
Photographic historian John Craig provided the following information about Broadbent who spent considerable time working in southern cities in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.Broadbent, Samuel(1810-1881) Born in Wethersfield, Conn., he reportedly learned the daguerreotype process from Samuel F.B. Morse, with whom he was also associated in a New York City studio until August, 1841.In 1841-1842, Broadbent was listed as a daguerreian at 136 Nassau Street, New York City. In 1843-1844 he was listed as a daguerreian in Savannah, Ga., and was noted as traveling south in the winter, daguerreotyping, between 1843 and 1847. In 1845 he was noted as a daguerreian in both Macon and Athens, Ga.Late in 1845, Broadbent advertised a daguerreian gallery in Charleston, S.C., at 271 King Street. He remained there a month or two. Just before Christmas, he moved his location to Columbia, S.C., occupying the same rooms at Maybin's Hotel that Libolt occupied in the summer. He stayed in Columbia only a few weeks before apparently returning north.From 1846 to 1849 he was listed as "artist" in Hartford, Conn. He was listed without a business address, and lived at 93 Main St. Another source noted him in partnership as Broadbent & Cary (P.M.). This partnership is a possibility, as he was also reported in 1847 to be a daguerreian in Wilmot's studio in Savannah, and in partnership with Cary.During the spring of 1848, Broadbent made stops in Fayetteville and Raleigh, N.C., to take daguerreotypes.The daguerreotype is pristine on a resilvered plate. Resealed.The brass mat is stamped, "BROADBENT" at lower left corner.Housed in a full, marked Eickmeyer case, with a printed patent date of February 27, 1855. 

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