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Date
Country
Artist
Sitter
Case
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1/6
1856s
UK, London
John Henry Greatrex
Unknown
Leather case
Pink cheeks, golden jewelry and book
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"H Greatrex, 70 Regent St & 196 Piccadilly" (these addresses date the photo to 1856-1857)

About the photographer.
John Henry Greatrex, born 1827, was photographer and preacher. He's famous for his forgery in 1866,
when he used the photographic process of lithography to forge 1325 £1 notes. Greatrex and his Scottish
assistant Jenny both left for America. Police followed them there, taking along someone who knew what
Greatrex looked like, because they didn't have a photo of him! They then put an add in the paper in New York,
asking for a female Scottish photography assistant! Jenny replied! She gave up an address where the police
went and waited. Greatrex left the house and was arrested. Jenny was adviced to come back and she did.
Greatrex was sentenced to 20 years penal servitude, his accomplices got 15 years each.

You can buy the book on Greatrex by David Bruce, featuring the photo shown above.