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Other: R.H. Vance 
Other: Robert Vance 
Joint: Kemp & Vance 
Dates:  1825 - 1876
Born:  US, ME
Died:  US, NY
Active:  US
An early daguerreotypist and photographer of California who in the winter and spring of 1851 financed, or took, a series of 300 daguerreotypes. In the autumn of 1851 these "Views in California" were shown in New York City and the catalogue of the exhibition survives. These may well include the first photographs taken of the Indians of California. The exhibition was not a commercial success and the plates were passed to Jeremiah Gurney and on to John H. Fitzgibbon and from that point on they have been lost.
The question of who took the "Views of California" is discussed in chapter 11 of Weston Naef's book Chasing Aurora (Available online: 
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Boston, MA, US 
San Francisco, CA, US 
San Jose, CA, US 
Sacramento, CA, US 
Marysville, CA, US 
[4-6] [In partnership with Kemp in Modesto, 70s] "Photographer"; made stereo dags., 3 known, all portrait, 54-58. Had studio in Boston, 45-47; then listed in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento and Marysville 49-60. B. 24, D. 76. 
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the United States of America, (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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Gold Rush Photographer Robert H. Vance and his Staff 
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