Making the most of this Blog

Almost all the photographers listed on this blog are from my own collection. This means that if you find a photographer who is of interest to you, I can scan in his or her trade card for you to see.

The exceptions are those mentioned in ‘Miscellaneous jottings’, which are based on information passed on by followers of the blog.

A selection of photographers trade cards is already available to view. Just follow the links from ‘About this Blog & photographer’s trade cards’.

A gallery of  ‘named sitters’ is also included. These are quite rare as very few 19th century photos carried the name of the subject. Again, the link is found at the head of this page.

There is a wealth of info. on the site, both factual and visual, so go ahead, CLICK THE LINKS above and see what you can discover. If all else fails, I can also access trade directories for most of England and Wales to establish a timeline of when specific photographers and their studios were in business.

Published by qvictoria

A collector of Victorian photographs for many a long year. I'm interested in both the individual photographs and the studio advertising on the 'backs' of the images, Victorian graphic design at its most varied and interesting. My collection of "cartes de visite" photographs is housed in plastic pockets within a series of albums, numerically arranged in order as they are acquired. There are now roughly 3000 photographers and images in all. I use directories, newspapers and genealogical information to research the life and work of each photographer and their studio but there aren't enough hours in the day. This photo is one of my collection, chosen for the gentle expression in the face of the sitter.

17 thoughts on “Making the most of this Blog

  1. Thank you so much for your hard work compiling that list of photographers. You might have helped with recreating the clothes worn by Pentonville prisoners for an educational museum program. I’m scatching my head wondering what’s happening at the back of the pictures we have. I’ve found my photographer, Herbert Watkins. Now I’m off to try to try to track down some of his photos, hoping he took some side or back views.

    1. Thanks for the kind words – much appreciated. I have only one photo by Herbert Watkins. The two young men in the photo pose casually, so do not think they were prisoners. I know prison photographers were at work in 19th century Britain, tho’ I have never come across any photos of prisoners.

      1. On the Web are a collection of engravings of Pentonville and it’s prisoners and I spotted a bit of writing saying taken from a photograph by Herbert Watkins. I was hoping photos might reveal a bit more detail than the engravings but no one seems to have put the photos on the web. Maybe they don’t exist anymore
        but my client is rummaging in her museum’s bottom drawers so there’s always hope.

  2. Hi. I have a photo labelled “Cabinet Potrait”. C faulkner 262 Seven Sisters Road
    Finsbury park. your listing shows C Faulkner 1899-1908 could this photo have been later than that? or did CF die and his label with him please?? Eve

    1. In ‘Pritchard’s Directory of London Photographers’ the only dates given are those that you quoted (-1899-1908-). He may have gone out of business after 1908 or he may have died. It is doubtful that his ‘label’ would have been used in the latter event, unless by a relative, or some other person, taking over the business. I’ll try to find out and let you know.

    2. So I should assume the photo I have was pre 1908 In 1907 he would have been 50 maybe a special photo of John George Werry 1857-1932 his suit does not help to set the year can I send you a copy to put with your photo gallery?

      1. Hi Eve,

        the photo may be pre-1908 but the trade directories that I use tend to stop around that date, so it is difficult to check for dates after that period.

        A copy of the photo would be very welcome – the more the merrier. Many thanks – Christine (qvictoria)

      1. No sign of Mr Beach in the 1889 trade directory. However, in 1897 and 1902, the Beach Brothers are down as at High Street, Chard. Maybe Mr Beach was in business on his own before being joined by his brother(s), so that would put him at around 1890 perhaps. I can find no Somerset directories of this date to check this out. Sorry!


  3. I would be interested to know if G T Allan, photographer of Broad Street, Ramsgate, travelled around taking his photographs? I have a photograph of a relative, Margaret Jane Thomas, nee Davies, who lived in Montgomeryshire Wales taken by this photographer but wonder if she was actually in Ramsgate when it was taken. We don’t know if she ever went there, for work etc. The date of the photo would be around 1895. It is a lovely photo, would be happy to share a copy if you are interested. Many thanks Wendy Evans

    1. Hi Wendy, I would think that if the details on the back of Margaret Thomas’s photo showed G T Allan’s studio to be in Ramsgate, then that would be where the photo was actually taken. On the other hand he may have travelled round using up his stock of trade cards in other locations. This would be very difficult to establish, as he may not show up in trade directories if he was a ‘wandering’ photographer.


  4. Thank you for that if its possible I would love to see the photographer’s trade cards for Galbraith, J

  5. Your site is marvellous – I have just been given an old photograph album full of unidentified photos mainly taken in Norwich and am trying to narrow down the time period they were taken in. Many of the backs of the photographs are inaccessible without destroying the album but I have been able to scan some that are not on your list. Would you like copies?
    They are:
    Gavin & Banger, White Lion St, Norwich
    W Bond Norwich (3 different designs)
    D Howie 85 st Giles St Norwich, late Mann & Adcock, overstamped Gavin & Banger

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