The work rate of J R M Sawyer
From time to time during the 1860s, Sawyer’s advertisements referred to the rate at which he was producing cartes de visite.
Claims an output of 200-300 cartes de visite per week.
‘500 per week sent out’.
‘2000 portraits sent out every month.’
‘Sixty thousand of his Cartes de Visite in the last two years.’
‘J R Sawyer has to acknowledge a much larger and increasing amount of commissions and orders.’
‘J R Sawyer’s issue of approved cartes de visite is upwards of 1,000 per week from his studios in
'Mr Sawyer now has the enormous number of 24,417 negatives.'
'… about 25,000 negatives.'
'… upwards of 25,000 negatives.'
Attempts to assess Sawyer’s work-rate accurately are made more complicated by a change in the units by which it was measured. The earlier figures relate to the cartes themselves (which were sold by the dozen or half-dozen), while the later figures relate to the negatives from which the multiple copies were made. Nevertheless, there can be little doubt about the fast-growing success of both Sawyer and the carte market.
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