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Thomas Coffin Doane

Thomas Coffin Doane

Thomas Coffin Doane
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Was Photographer Painter
Field Arts
Gender male
Birth 1814
Death 1896 (aged 82 years)
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Thomas Coffin Doane (1814-1896) was a Canadian photographer. His work is held in the collections of the New York Public Library, the Royal BC Museum, the McCord Museum, the Library and Archives of Canada, among others.

Early life

Louis-Joseph Papineau photographed by T.C. Doane
The Earl and Countess of Elgin, Lady Alice Lambton and Lord Mark Kerr, photographed by T.C. Doane

Doane was born in 1814 in Barrington, Nova Scotia, Canada.


In 1832 Doane began working as a portrait painter. In 1842 he went to Halifax, Canada to learn the dagurrotype process from William Valentine. In 1843, Doane and Valentine travelled to set up a daguerrotype photography business at the Golden Inn at St. Johns in Newfoundland under the name of Valentine & Doane. By 1846, he had established a clientele including subjects such as Jeffrey Howe, John Sartain, and Lord Elgin, Louis Joseph Papineau, among others. In 1865 he was no longer making photographs.

Following his practice with Valentine, Doane travelled to the West Indies before setting up a studio in Montreal.

Personal life

In 1866 Doane moved to New York. He and his wife had a daughter, Kathleen Maud Doane, who married the American artist Childe Hassam.

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