Photographic portraiture is the best feature of the Fine Arts for the million {sic} that the ingenuity of man has yet devised. It has in this sense swept away many of the illiberal distinctions of rank and wealth, so that the poor man who possesses but a few shillings can command as perfect a lifelike portrait of his wife or child as Sir Thomas Lawrence painted for the most distinguished Sovereigns of Europe.

Editorial, The Photographic News, London, 1861

A Concise History of Photography by Helmut Gernsheim

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