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John Falconer, British Library 
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

 
Commercial, India
Mount Road, Madras, 1858-64.
At John Pereira’s, 1863-64.
Cabinet makers, 55 Bentinck Street, Calcutta, in 1868.
Is this the same Lazarus as the Calcutta one?
Exhibited prints from collodion negatives and an instaneous photograph of the moon to the Photographic Society of Bengal, 26 September 1856 (Journal of the Photographic Society of Bengal, no. 2, 21 January 1857).
Exhibited, among other subjects, three portraits of a Lepcha to the Photographic Society of Bengal, 29 October 1856 (Journal of the Photographic Society of Bengal, no. 2, 21 January 1857).
Exhibited a ‘collodion picture, a portrait of an unusually large size, but of excellent quality’, to the Photographic Society of Bengal, 18 February 1857 (Journal of the Photographic Society of Bengal, no. 3, 20 May 1857).
At the March 1857 Exhibition of the Photographic Society of Bengal, Lazarus showed 40 collodion prints: copies of prints and drawings, portraits and views of Calcutta’.
Photographed the review of the newly-formed Calcutta Volunteer Guards on 20 October 1857, although smoke from the artillery obscured his view and he was ordered to move from place to place. He was also disturbed by sailors wanting to know if his chemical bottles contained rum! (Bengal Hurkaru, 23 October 1857, report of meeting of the Photographic Society of Bengal of 21 October).
 
At the Bengal Photographic Society meeting of 19 January 1859, ‘Mr Lazarus exhibited some pretty stereoscopic views of Lord Harding’s statue, taken by himself; also a very good likeness of Sir Arthur Buller, taken by Mr Reinecke; and some more of Mr Dannenburgh’s views of Benares, similar to those that were so much admired at the last meeting.’ (The Englishman, 22 January 1859).
 
At the 16 February 1859 meeting of the Bengal Photographic Society,
Mr Lazarus drew the attention of the meeting to the advantage of the microscope to the photographer, pointing out how a marked difference exists in the form of the elementary crystals of the various bromides and iodides which may be taken advantage of for ascertaining the component parts of the various solutions used. he recommends that a drop of the solution whose composition is required should be allowed to evaporate on a slip of glass and then exposed under the microscope; the form of the various crystals will be readily distinguished by a little practice.[1]
Also showed, ‘Mr Lazarus several good copies from engravings, and views of the shipping in the river, also photographs of furniture, shewing how useful photography might be made for commercial purposes.’ At the 24 March 1859 meeting of the Bengal Photographic Society, Lazarus showed ‘A number of very good views of shipping in the river at Calcutta; also a view of Government House, very clear and sharp.’ 
  
 
  

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  1. Λ The Englishman, 24 Feb 1859. 
      
 
  

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