Antoine-Jean-Francois Claudet was born in Lyon, France, in 1797.
Claudet settled in London in 1827.
He became a glass merchant living in High Holborn.
being taught the
daguerreotype process by its inventor, Claudet
purchased the first Daguerreotype licence in
England, for which he paid £200 to the British patentee, Miles
He established his own photographic studio
on the roof of the Adelaide Gallery, behind St. Martin's church,
Trafalgar Square, London, from 1841 to 1851,
and later opened at 107 Regent Street, 1852-58
became one of the first practitioners to successfully reduce exposure
times for the daguerreotype process.