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ROGET, P[eter]. M[ark].
Portrait c.1856 in the series by Maull and Polyblank titled: Photographic Portraits of Living Celebrities (1856-59). Image size 207 x 158 mm. maximum into arch, mounted on original album page. Subscribed in a contemporary hand: P.M. Roget, M.D., F.R.S. G.S., R.A.S., V.P.S.A., &c. Medium sepia tone image with some edge fading.


*PETER MARK ROGET [1779-1869]. Best known as the compiler of his Thesaurus, Roget is also known in particular for his 1824 paper on 'Palings enigma', a phenomenon relating to the persistence of vision, and one of the key documents in the pre-history of cinema. The firm of Maull and Polyblank was established in London in c.1854 by Henry Maull and the still obscure Polyblank, about whom no biographical information appears extant. They specialised in celebrity portraiture and many of the engravings in the Illustrated London News were taken from their photographs. They produced two renowned series of portrait prints, the first in 1855, of 'Literary and Scientific Personalities', and the other between 1856 and 1859, 'Living Celebrities'. In 1866, Henry Maull started another firm, Maull and Co., which, in 1879, became Maull and Fox.

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