Pupil of F.S.Archer – The Inventor

I bought this a few months ago along with some other plates. The subject matter didn’t really do much for me although it is very well executed…. and so it should be when you read the label on the rear!

“C. Deana Pupil of FS Archer – The Inventor Chatham.”

For those that aren’t aware FS Archer is Frederick Scott Archer, “The Inventor” of the collodion wet plate process. So this ambrotype is by one of his students, how cool is that? For myself and my wet plate colleagues I think we’d appreciate the historical kudos of this item.

Theres not that much info online about Deana, all I can find is some reference to birth, marriage, children and occupation etc.

If anyone knows anything else about this photographer then please let me know.

Charles James Deana b. c.1810, d. 1880 framer, gilder and photographer