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Burnham Bros. photograph of the Prince of Wales in Portland, Maine, 1860. US Library of Congress Street view in Portland, Me., October 20th, 1860, of the Prince of Wales, Duke of Newcastle, Lord Lyons & Mayor Howard by Burnham Bros Maine LC 3a05448u.jpg
Burnham Bros. photograph of the Prince of Wales in Portland, Maine, 1860. US Library of Congress

Thomas Rice Burnham (1834-1893) or T.R. Burnham was an American photographer. In the 1860s he worked in Maine with Asa Marsh Burnham as "Burnham Bros." [1] [nb 1] He later moved to Boston, Massachusetts and operated from a studio on Washington Street until at least 1885. [3] [4] [5] [nb 2] He belonged to the Boston Photographic Society and/or Boston Association of Photographers; among his contemporaries were J.W. Black, E.J. Foss, and E.F. Smith. [7] [8] Portrait subjects included Edwin Booth, Alvan Clark & Sons, Edw M Endicott, [9] Clement Granch, [10] Ulysses S. Grant, [11] William Stevens Perry, [12] George Antony Smalley, [13] and Nathan and Mary Barrett Warren. [14] Burnham showed photos in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition [15] and the 1887 exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. [16]



  1. Asa M. Burnham (1825-1879) lived in Bangor, Maine in the 1850s. [2]
  2. In the 1870s a fire occurred at the Burnham-owned no.130 Shawmut Avenue in Boston. [6]

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  2. "Daguerreotypes". Maine Register, and Business Directory. 1856. Burnham Asa M, Bangor; Burnham John U.P., Bangor
  3. "Photographists". Boston Directory. 1868. 351 Washington
  4. "Photographists". Boston Almanac. 1876. 627 Washington
  5. "Photographers". Boston Almanac. 1885. 581 Washington
  6. "Fires and alarms", Annual Report of the Board of Fire Commissioners, City of Boston, 1888
  7. "Boston Photographic Society". Philadelphia Photographer. 7. January 1870.
  8. "Boston Association of Photographers". Photographic Times and American Photographer. New York: Scovill. 12. April 1882. hdl:2027/njp.32101040483032 via Hathi Trust.
  9. "Ms. Coll. 1 Colonel Alfred S. Hartwell Papers, 1862-2003, bulk 1862-1866: Guide" (PDF). State Library of Massachusetts.
  10. T.R. Burnham. "Clement Granch" via Boston Public Library and Digital Commonwealth. ca. 1859–1870
  11. Thomas Rice Burnham. "Hiriam Ulysess Grant". Boston via Harvard University. 19th c.
  12. Thomas Rice Burnham. "William Stevens Perry". Maine via Harvard University. 1861-1863
  13. T.R. Burnham. "Mr. George Antony Smalley". DHS\Barbara Durst Photo Disk 1\Group 1 - Album 1\Pg15.JPG. hdl:10766/3129.
  14. "Captured by the Camera (exhibit)". Massachusetts: Concord Free Public Library. 2004.
  15. United States Centennial Commission (1876). International Exhibition, 1876: Official Catalogue. Philadelphia: J. R. Nagle.
  16. Exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association ... 1887. 1888. T.R. Burnham & Co.