|Dates||1801 - 1885|
|Roles||Artist, Photographer, Daguerreotypist|
In 1841, less than two years after the introduction of the
Beard's studio was a great financial success, and in 1841 he obtained the sole patent for daguerreotypes in England, Wales, and the British colonies. In 1850, however, like many operators of photography studios, he went bankrupt because of legal disputes over payment of the license fees required to practice daguerreotypy. Beard continued to sell photographs until 1857, when he passed the business on to his son.