Irish Photographers – 19th century

The Irish photographers mentioned below  are those contained in my own collection. There are still some gaps in the record but if  your ancestor was a photographer in Dublin in the second half of the 19th century, or you have other interests in that period and want more info, please feel free to contact me.

Adolphe (Golden Palette), 9 Westmoreland Street,  Dublin  -1875-1879-  (previously at 75 Grafton Street, Dublin -1860-1865-)

Callaghan – South Mall, Cork

Edmonds & Simonton – 28 Grafton St. Dublin

Galbraith, J – Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk

Glover, M – 124 Stephen’s Green, Dublin  -1883-1900-   (-1893- at 9 Westmoreland Street

Golden Palette (Adolphe) – 9 Westmoreland Street, Dublin  -1875-1879-

Kerr, Hugh – Carlisle Road, (London) Derry

Lauder Bros – 32 Westmoreland Street, Dublin  -1872-1900-

Lauder, E & J – 22 Westmoreland Street, Dublin

Lawrence, Wm – 5/7 Sackville Street, Dublin  1883

Magill, J – Donegall Place, Belfast

Nelson & Marshall – 11 Upper Sackville Street, Dublin  -1860-1879-

North, Thomas – 71 Grafton St., Dublin  -1880s?

Robinson & Sons- Dublin

36 thoughts on “Irish Photographers – 19th century

  1. I have two photos taken in 1910/1912 cork market &Galway fair. I believe they are part of a.set trying to find the.photograph.

  2. Hi I am interested in any information on a photographer from Coleraine, Co. Derry,named William Weir Nicholson.
    Thank you.

    1. Catherine, have found a Wm Weir Nicholson in the 1911 census, living in Coleraine, Co. Derry but he was not a photographer but a merchant stationer. He was born around 1883 and died in 1912.
      However, I did find another census entry for a William Nicholson, photographer, living in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. This William was born in Bolton, Co Westmorland, England, about 1836.
      Whether there is a connection between the two is debatable, as only further research might uncover a missing link.
      Let me know if you would like me to dig a bit deeper.
      Christine Hibbert

  3. Trying to date a photo from the National Photo Company Dublin but my searches don’t find this photographer. Do you have any details of this studio? Thanks

    1. Sorry, Joanne, I couldn’t trace them either, so sadly, I can offer no further information
      Christine Hibbert

      1. Thanks Christine, I was given a copy of another photo from that photographer. It is dated as Sep 1896 with an address of 29 Westmoreland St Dublin. This information may of use to you or someone else in the future.

  4. Hello from the U.S. I have pictures that indicate “Lauder Bros.” No street address given – just “Dublin.” I think they are from late 1850s to early 1860s. Do you know if they were in business then? Also have photo from a photographer named “James Simonton Photo,” at 70 Grafton St., Dublin that I suspect is from the 1870s. Any info on either photographer much appreciated.

  5. Hello from Toronto Canada. I have a post card from Lauder Bros. Studio at 32 Westmoreland St & 45 Lr Sackville Street. It is numbered if copies are required. My question is: Is there a database of the numbered photos that identify the person in the photo from this studio that you are aware of? Thank you and Merry Christmas.

    1. It would only be possible to identify a sitter, anywhere, if there were details on the reverse of the image. Or, if day books from the studio had survived, which is extremely rare. Most Victorian sitters remain anonymous.

    1. Lynn, I tried to locate Trimble & Sons of Dungannon but was not able to turn anything up. If I come across them I will let you know.

  6. I have a family photograph which I would date around 1908, taken in Dublin, no studio name, but an address of 24 Florence Road. Any idea of where the studio might have been, or the Photographer?

  7. Hello
    I am trying to find out information of Hugh Kerr, as he is my husband’s grandfather and he was a photographer in Londonderry around 1900. Amy information would be appreciated.

  8. I have a few names that are not on your site:
    Bellisario, Gabriele, Bute St. Cardiff 1871 – 1875
    Bellisario, Luigi, Tudor Rd. Cardiff 1886-1888
    Freke, Alfred, Duke St. ardiff 1891 1910
    Josty & Co, Bristol 1873-1882
    Lee, F.P. Cardiff 1871-1884
    Long, J. Cardiff 1880-1895
    Turnbull & Sons, Garfield St. Belfast 1884-1897
    White, C. J. Clare St. Bristol. 1868
    Herr Zachari , Clare St. Bristol 1863-1884

    Have photos from all of the above photographers.

    1. Val, many thanks for your interest in the site. The Cardiff photographers that you mention appear under Welsh photographers and the Bristol ones would come under English photographers except that I do not have examples of these particular studios. Thanks for getting in touch. Christine

  9. Hello again, If anyone is looking for Irish CDVs then quickly go to eBay. I just picked up fifteen including a postmortem from Sligo. There is one dealer that I’m having problems with so there should be plenty out there Think that another dealer is buying the inexpensive ones, up pricing, then offering them from their site. The ones I found averaged US$4.50 or so including postege so the price was right

  10. I now have three CDVs by Irish studios. I also just received an interesting fourth with an Irish association. It is of ‘Theresa of Paris’ with a Paris back mark but it has a label from a Dublin studio. A reseller? Do you want copies of these to add to your archives?

      1. Regarding my four CDVs, I could put them on a disc & send them to you. Not certain how to send them through a reply. Feel free to contact me by email.

  11. As of 20 April 2018 Ttere is a mis-identified photo on ebay by an Irish photographer. It is a cabinet card (dated 1898) and not a CDV or I would have bought it. Do a search of “CDV Dublin Photographer” GBP 2.00 with postage of GBP 2.75. No bids, 9 days left. Ships from Alford, UK.

  12. Hello
    My husband is related to Hugh Kerr from Carlisle Road, This is his great grandfather, We are trying to find any information of relatives.

  13. Hello there, I have a whole set of beautiful family photographs that I think were taken throughout the 19th century. The Dublin photographers are incorporated into the pictures . I am trying to date them and identify them . There are obviously shots of the same people from very young children through to middle age. Is there any help I can obtain?

  14. Hi, I stumbled across this in my search for information on my family. My Great Aunt and uncle Denis and Bridget McLoughlin were photographers in 1901 (Bridget possibly a photographers assistant) They were living in Co Mayo at the time. Would anyone know how I could find out information about there careers or what the life of a photographer was like at that time.
    Many Thanks

  15. Hello, I am part of a civilian living history group (North Texas Civilian Historians, Facebook) focused on 1860+/-. Just purchased three Grubb lenses to use. I am wanting to find Irish CDVs from the 1855-65 period but not having much luck. Would you be able to help me with the Irish photographic history of that time period and point me in the right direction to be able to purchase some examples? My thanks, Ira~

  16. Hello,
    I’m looking for information regarding J. Galbraith, Clanbrassil St. Dundalk, with special interest particularly in relation to photographs taken of prisoners released from Dundalk Gaol in 1882. Thanks

    1. That sounds an extremely interesting project to be researching, from a difficult time in Irish history. I have no access to Irish newspapers of the day, which would no doubt tell the tale.

      I have only one cdv photograph by Galbraith, showing a young man in fashionable attire, date unknown. The advert on the back might be of interest, or not. I will send a copy on to you

  17. Hello,

    I have a photograph taken by W.J. Trimble & Sons, Church St, Dungannon, and I was wondering if you knew anything about them?

    I’m trying to date a photograph.

    Many thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Clare,

      I also have a photo taken by W.J Trimble & Sons, Church Street, Dungannon and I was interested in finding any information about them also. I would like to date it too.

      If you find any information, I would love to hear from you.


      Catherine McCann.

  18. Hello.
    I’m trying to date a photo so I can clarify who the person is. To do this I need a date. Can you point me in the right direction? On the back it says; roe mc Mahon child photographer harcourt street Dublin. I’m trying to find the operating dates if the studio.

  19. I have a photo of my great great grandfather taking by golden palette 9 westmoreland street can you share any more info please if email the picture

  20. I just found a photo of my great-grandmother, taken by William Lawrence, Photographer, 5 & 7, Upper Sackville Street, Dublin. Unfortunately undated, but guessing since she was married age 21 in 1883, that this was taken then.

    1. thanks Lindsay, At least we now have some idea when Wm Lawrence was operating. I’ll update his info.


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