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The Elliott Brothers

Technical Information

Catalogue No: P0095
Picture Type: Framed Picture
Topic: Historic
Title: The Elliott Brothers
Date: Unknown
Width (mm): 820
Height (mm): 550
Copies: 1
Location: Main Store

The RAA has had pictures of the Elliott brothers for some time but another glass plate was found at the Lewisham Archives with the brothers Charles and Frederick together with Susan Elliott and an unknown gentleman.

Hidden at the bottom of the picture of Frederick Elliott is ‘Negretti’ and ‘Crystal Palace’. Negretti and Zambra was a company that produced scientific and optical instruments and also operated a photographic studio based in London. Henry Negretti (1818–1879) and Joseph Zambra (1822–1897) formed a partnership in 1850, thereby founding the firm which would eventually be appointed opticians and scientific instrument makers to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and King Edward VII, the Royal Observatory and the British Admiralty. Both Negretti and Zambra were born in Italy.

When the Crystal Palace was re-erected in Sydenham in 1854, Negretti and Zambra became the official photographers of the Crystal Palace Company, which implies that this photograph was taken after 1854.

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