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|Dates: ||1814 - 1896|
|Born: ||Canada, NS, Barrington|
The earliest evidence for Thomas Coffin Doane appears in March 1843 when he travelled to St. John's Newfoundland with William Valentine. In March and April 1843 they took Daguerreotypes at the Golden Inn. In 1846 he established himself in Montreal where he became one of the leading Daguerreotypists including amongst his subjects Lord Elgin, John Sartain and Jeffrey Howe. In around 1865 he appears to have ceased taking photographs preferring portrait painting which he undertook in both Boston and New York. His daughter Kathleen Maud Doane married the American artist Childe Hassam.
His photographs are found in Canadian museum collections including the McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street, West Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E9.
Public Ledger, 10th March 1843
MESSERS VALENTINE & DOANE beg leave to call the attention of the inhabitants of St. John's and its vicinity, to an Art which has attained great celebrity and popularity in almost every city of Europe and America.
They have completed an apartment fitted for the purposes of Daguerreotype Portraiture, and have made other improvements and arrangements, by means of which they are confident of producing pictures of exquisite beauty.
The truth and high finish of Portraits by the Daguerreotype process, and the rapidity with which they are accomplished, render the Art deserving of universal attention, independently of its great value as a means of obtaining accurate LIKENESSES, as a comparatively small expense.
The Daguerreotype Rooms, at the Golden Lion Inn, will be opened on MONDAY, at 10 o'Clock, and will remain open daily from 10 to 4 o'Clock. Persons unacquainted with the art, are respectfully invited to call at the Rooms, and examine Specimens.
Portraits taken in any state of the weather. March 10.
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