Directory of Early Photographers, Studio Folder, Sawyer and Bird, Norwich and Elsewhere
The work rate of J R M Sawyer
From time to time during the 1860s, Sawyer’s advertisements referred to the rate at which he was producing cartes de visite.
Norfolk Chronicle, 13th April 1861
Norfolk Chronicle, 26th October 1861:
Norfolk News, 26th July 1862:
Norfolk Chronicle, 3rd October 1863:
Norfolk Chronicle, 18th June 1864:
Ipswich Journal, 11th November 1865:
Norfolk Chronicle, 29th February 1868:
(The Ipswich studio was taken over in 1867 by Walter Smith, who seems likely to have acquired its negatives as part of the business. The figure of 24,417 probably, therefore, represents the archive of just the Norwich studio.)
Norfolk Chronicle, 11th April 1868:
Norfolk Chronicle, 26th June 1868:
Attempts to assess Sawyer’s work-rate accurately are made more complicated by a change in the units by which it was measured. The earlier figures relate to the cartes themselves (which were sold by the dozen or half-dozen), while the later figures relate to the negatives from which the multiple copies were made. Nevertheless, there can be little doubt about the fast-growing success of both Sawyer and the carte market.
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