Newman's writings and leadership of the 'Oxford Movement' in the 1830s and 1840s transformed the Church of England, but he became a Roman Catholic in 1845, was ordained a priest and joined the the Congregation of the Oratory. He was leader of the Oratorian community in Birmingham, where this photograph was taken.
A few well known paintings of Newman are known to have been worked up from photographs, and the famous chalk portrait by Lady Jane Coleridge, (below) was based on a photography by Thrupp taken around the same time as my cdv:
Newman was photographed several times in his life, and perhaps a chronological list of these might be of interest:
'As to the Photographs, they came (in proof) last night, and are not quite satisfactory - The man wishes to try again - and I am going to him in an hour's time - The want of light is the difficulty at this time of year.
3 pm. I have been to the man - he has taken four more photographs - but the light died away and he is not satisfied - he is going to print off some copies - but I am to go to him again, for another attempt. He charges nothing more - but he wants me to let him publish, which I have not granted.'
- Letters & Diaries XX, p.74.
Henry Charles Heath (1824-98) and Adolphe Paul Auguste Beau (1828-1910) ran a studio together at 283 Regent Street, Westminster, between 1861 and the dissolution of their business partnership in June 1863. It was therefore only a few minutes walk from Portland Place - and the repeated visits would not have been too inconvenient.
- Letters & Diaries, XX p.505
'Breaktasted with Monsell; with him and Ambrose to MacLean for Photographs, and the Houses of Parliament, dined with Ambrose at Victoria Station - went to British Institution [for Promoting the Fine Arts] Pictures.'
- Letters & Diaries XXI, pp.159-60.
Thomas Miller McLean (born 1832) and Frank Haes (1833-1916) ran a photographic studio together at 26 Haymarket until their business partnership was dissolved in September 1865.