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  The research archive of Gary W. Ewer regarding the history of the daguerreotype

On this day (March 27) in the year 1858, the following obituary appeared in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper" (page 269.) The article is accompanied by a wood-engraving portrait of "Charles Richard Meade, Esq., Deceased." - - - - - - - - - - - - CHARLES RICHARD MEADE, ESQ., DECEASED. FOR two or three years past it has been a matter of painful solicitude to the numerous friends of Mr. Meade that his health was failing him, but the most despondent did not indulge the idea that he was so near the grave. Quite recently, feeling that his case was becoming desperate, he visited Cuba and Florida, but too late to receive material benefit, for the little strength he possessed suddenly failed, and he died at St. Augustine on the 2d of March, at the early age of thirty-one years eleven months and nine days. In the year 1851 he was married to Miss Roff of Greenpoint, Long Island. This lady died less than three years ago. Mr. Meade has left behind him to mourn his loss a son and daughter, besides an uncommonly large circle of relatives and friends. As the brothers Meade have distinguished themselves in the Daguerrean and Photographic arts, it makes a history of the achievements of C. R. Meade interesting. At the age of eight years he came to this country from England, and as soon as he became old enough to exhibit a taste for a profession, his mind settled upon the arts. Shortly after the discoveries of Daguerre, he commenced the business, in Albany, of taking pictures by the newly-discovered process, and, jointly with his brother, established galleries in Buffalo, Troy, Saratoga and other places, but finally, in 1850, settled in New York city, and at once took the position as one of the first in the profession in the country. The years 1848 and 1854 he spent in Europe, where he took the portraits of the most celebrated personages; his discoveries, meanwhile, in the Daguerrean art caused him to be elected a member of the Societe Libre des Beaux Arts, Paris, and obtained for him medals from almost every scientific institution in the world. His remains were brought to New York city, and interred in Greenwood cemetery on Thursday, March 25th. -------------------------------------------------------------- 03-27-97

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