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Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet, with Yorick's skull. (Photographer: James Lafayette. c. 1885–1900).

James Lafayette was the pseudonym of James Stack Lauder (1853–1923). He was a late Victorian and Edwardian portrait photographer, and managing director from 1898 to 1923 of a company in Dublin specializing in society photographs, Lafayette Ltd. In 1887, he became the first Irish photographer to be granted a royal warrant.


While thousands of images were credited to Lafayette studios, only those 649 photographs which were registered for copyright bear his signature as author. These are now held in the Public Record Office, in Kew, London. The Lafayette Collection at London's Victoria & Albert Museum consists of 3,500 glass plate and celluloid negatives. A further collection of 30,000 to 40,000 nitrate negatives is at London's National Portrait Gallery. Further collections are in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle; and in private hands in Dublin.

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