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Old Photographs - Cambridgeshire Photographers - Be-Bk

Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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Name:  BEALL, George   b: 1826      d:
Address: 25 Sidney Street, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1861-71
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Chemist and druggist and dealer in photographic goods. The 1861 and 1871 census shows BEALL as a chemist and druggist at 25 Sidney St Cambridge. Numerous advertisements in the Cambridge Independent Press from 1870 describe the firm as Agricultural Chemists.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992.
Morgan's Directory of Cambridge 1865/6 and advertisement 1865

Name:  BEALES, George        b:       d:
Address: Chatteris in 1864. Station Road, March in 1883
Working Dates: c.1863 - 1883
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Very little is currently known about this photographer who appears once only in a local directory in 1883 in the town of March. But in April 1864 the Cambridge Independent Press reported: "John Freeman Bayfield (21), photographer's artist, was charged with stealing postage stamps, the property of Mr. George Beales, his master, at Chatteris, on the of September last; and he was further charged with embezzling 6s., the property of the aforesaid George Beales, at Chatteris, the 27th September last.—Mr. Naylor prosecuted. The prisoner was undefended, and pleaded that both stamps and money had been paid over to his master; which was denied by the master —The Jury acquitted the prisoner on the count for embezzlement, and found him guilty of stealing the postage stamps, and he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment". But George Beales does not appear to have been a settled resident of Chatteris. There is a newspaper report in September 1864: "Chatteris. We see by a notice appended to the caravan of Mr G.Beales photographic artist that he is shortly about to leave us and pay a visit to Ramsey. Mr Beales has been here about 13 months during which time he has taken no less than 15000 portraits which have given unbounded satisfaction to his patrons." There was a George Beales b: 1837 Hepworth Suffolk, a photographer and fancy shop keeper employing 2 men and 1 boy at 5 New Rd Spalding Lincs in 1881. He had a son, George A Beales b: 1865 at Chatteris, who assisted in the shop. Lincolnshire directories show that George Beales photographers in Spalding operated from around 1868 to at least 1895. As this family had a past connection with the area, the March directory entry of 1883 could possibly relate to George Snr or Jnr setting up another branch of their firm. Mounts used by the Spalding business claimed the firm originated in 1859, which could tie in with an initial period as a travelling photographer. No other likely match has yet been found in the 1881 census. George Beales Snr was the older brother of Walter Beales below - another Cambridgeshire connection.
Below is a carte de visite from the 1860s of a standing gentleman, white card mount with square corners, the reverse simply states "Photographed by G.Beales. Negatives kept, copies can always be had". There is no way of being sure that this carte is by the same G.Beales, but the lack of an address may point to a travelling photographer.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992.
Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London April 1883. Cambridge Independent Press Saturday 09 April 1864. Cambridge Independent Press 17 September 1864. http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/ENG-LINCSGEN/2011-07/1310193316 (Re Beales of Spalding) http://www.researchwell.co.uk/ESW/Files/Lincolnshire_photographers_1856,_1857,_1861,_1868_&_1872,_1885.pdf (re Lincs photographers)

Carte de visite by G Beales , 1860sReverse of G Beales carte de visite

Name:  BEALES, Walter      b: 1856 Hepworth, Suffolk      d:
Address: Park Road, Peterborough.
Working Dates: 1884-1885 at Peterborough
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Walter is described in the 1881 Census as a photographic artist. He was 25 years of age, living as a lodger at 27 Westgate Peterborough with a Francis Blackwell and his wife Sarah Blackwell. By 1891 Walter had married Annie b. 1857, Peterborough, and moved to Hyde in Cheshire, where he was listed as a self employed photographer. In 1901 he was still a photographer, but in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. See below, First a carte de visite of an unknown lady probably from the 1880s, on a cream mount with square corners. Beneath the photograph is written "W Beales Park Road Peterborough". the reverse is blank. The simplicity of this suggests it is perhaps Beales' earliest design of mount, (unless it was a later budget version). Next are two cartes de visite (author's collection) the first of an unknown young woman, the second of an unknown gentleman with dog. Although the trade directory entries place Beales in the mid 1880s, the clothing and studio sets in both cartes speak more of the 1860s in the first carte and the 1870s in the second. The gentleman's high crowned top hat with curved rim and rustic setting and square corners to the mount all point to the 1870s. Does this suggest perhaps that both the sitters and the photographer were not at the leading edge of fashion, or that Walter Beales had been operating for some years before appearing in the local trade directory.The reverse of the first carte states "From the Photographic Studio of W Beales, the negative of this carte is preserved & copies can be had or enlarged to life size and finished in colour". The second carte has a more elaborate reverse "From the photographic Rooms of W Beales Park Road, near the Rink, Peterborough". The unusual tombstone design on the rear of the mount is by Frewer and Evans, London.

Below is another, perhaps slightly later, carte de visite from the Tony Gale Collection - an oval vignette of a young man. The reverse of the carte has an oval and geometric rustic design and printed in brown is the following text; "W Beales Photographer near the rink Peterborough cards copied or enlarged to any size according to order." The reverse also carries a royal coat of arms.

References: Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1885.
Wright's Northamptonshire Directory CN Wright, 1884

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Carte de Visite W BealesReverse of W Beales Carte de Visite

Carte de visite, W BealesReverse of carte de visite by W Beales

Beales carte de visiteReverse of W Beales carte de visite

Name: BEALES, BOWSER and KENNERELL
Address: 8 High Street, Wisbech
Working Dates: c. 1879
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The carte de visite below (author's collection), portrait of an unknown lady, shows that there was a partnership between Beales, Bowser and Kennerell operating at 8 High Street Wisbech. Such a three way partnership was unusual. The partners were John Kennerell, one of the Beales listed above, and Henry Bowser. The carte below is on a maroon mount with square corners and gold lettering , the printer of the mount was W.Wright, London, on the reverse of the carte is the text "From the photographic studio of Beales, Bowser and Kennerell, 8 High Street, Wisbech. Portraits and landscape photographers and picture frame makers. Negatives kept copies may be had by sending number". In the middle of the text is a masonic symbol with the square and compasses and all seeing eye. John Kennerell was a member of the United Good Fellowship Lodge No 809 from 1882 - 1904. Obviously the partners felt that advertising this masonic association was good for business.
References: No trace of this partnership found in local trade directories.

Carte de visite by Beales, Bowser and KennerellReverse of Beales Bowser and Kennerell carte de visite.

Name: BEALES and KENNERELL
Address: 8 and 9 High Street, Wisbech
Working Dates: c. 1879
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The Kennerell of the partnership was John KENNERELL. It is not clear whether the Beales side of the partnership was either of the Beales listed above, or a different person. The 1881 census lists John Kennerell aged 37, as a photographer living as a boarder at 46 Agenoria Street, Wisbech with three women, Ann Steel, the head of the household, aged 57, her 82 year old mother and her 19 year old daughter, Frances E Steel. At the time of the census 8 and 9 High Street Wisbech was unoccupied. The 1883 Kelly's Directory lists "Kennerell John (late Beales & Kennerell), portrait & landscape photographer & picture frame maker, 8 & 9 High Street" See below for a carte de visite portrait c. 1880, of a young lady with brooch and locket. The carte is on a medallion mount - the oval image is slightly embossed. The reverse of the mount states " Artists and photographers, picture frame makers, Beales and Kennerell 8 High Street Wisbech copies of this picture can always be had also enlarged to any size and finished in oil, water color or crayon". There is a royal crest and the mount makers name, WW Hughes & Co, appears beneath the design.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
PO Directory of the Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Nov 1879

Beales and Kennerell carte de visiteReverse of Beales and Kennerell carte

Name:  BEATTIE, John    b: 1820 Scotland  d:1883 Bristol
Address: Huntingdon
Working Dates: c.1852-1854 (Cambs)
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1851 John Beattie and his wife Naomi were in lodgings in Goole. He was described as a "lecturer and photographist". He was a traveling photographer who was in Huntingdon, address unknown, in Aug 1854. In the Cambridge Independent Press 22nd July 1854 p4 he announced, "Contrary to Mr Beattie's expectations his Photographic Rooms continue so crowded, and his orders so numerous, that he is compelled to RE-OPEN his Rooms, and prolong his stay for another fortnight in Huntingdon - Mr Beattie hopes the low prices of his beautiful portraits will induce the Public to take the opportunity of procuring them. Portraits from 6s 6d "They must be seen to be appreciated" - Press". Press advertisements and reports place his Photographic Rooms (claimed to be the largest portable rooms in England) in Bury St Edmunds 1852, Yarmouth 1853, Huntingdon 1854, Colchester 1855, Ipswich, Norwich, Lowestoft, Leicester 1856, Leicester 1857, Leicester, Hereford 1858 then from 1858 onwards a more settled existence in Bristol. In 1861 John was living with his wife Naomi b: 1826 Crantwick Yorks and an assistant Arthur Winterlow b:1841 Colchester at 25 The Triangle Bristol. The firm became Beattie and Bark around 1864 until 1868 when the partnership with CV Bark was dissolved and Bark carried on the business there.

Press reports of 1856 spoke of stereoscopic and hand coloured portraits. In January 1856 he was reported to practice "the daguerrian, the glass and the paper processes" Norfolk News 19/1/1856. The reporter for the Suffolk Chronicle on 16th February 1856 stated: ".... portrait photography is an art, requiring great judgment to ensure the most agreeable and artistic view of the face and position of the person. Landscape photography, on the contrary, a mechanical manipulation, which naturally gives such light and shade and charming scenery as can brought into the field. The portraits of the Ipswich worthies taken by Mr. Beattie, represent the highest branch of photographic portraiture. They are a new style of calotype picture of large size, with clear neutral tinted backgrounds. This evidently a secret to photographers. The halo of light round the head gives great beauty and force to the portraits, and strongly impressed us with the idea that Mr. B. had succeeded in selecting that graceful and simple attitude which is best adapted to the sex, age, and character of the sitter. In our opinion, Mr. Beattie has made the nearest approach to what a photographic portrait should be, viz., not so much chemically as artistically beautiful."

References: Heathcote, Bernard and Pauline, A Faithful Likeness. The First Photographic Portrait Studios in The British Isles 1841-55. Cambridge Chronicle 26/8/1854 P1d, Cambridge Independent Press 22nd July 1854 p4.

Name:  BEECH, Henry    b:       d:
Address: Photographer, Millfield, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1862-1864
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: No obvious matches to this photographer can be found in the census returns for 1861 or 1871. There are just the two trade directories listed below.
References: Slater's Directory of Northamptonshire 1862 (described as an "Artist photographic")
Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1864

Name: BEEDHAM, Lucy Elizabeth b:1867 Thornton Le Dale, Yorkshire d: 1955
Address: Woodville, Hills Road, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1902-1906
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Lucy was the only daughter of Henry B Beedham, a clerk in Holy Orders of Clare College Cambridge, and Rayne E Beedham, a lady of independent means. In 1891 the family lived in Hills Road Cambridge with two servants. In 1899 her father died and in 1901 Lucy lived in the same house with her widowed mother, likewise in 1911. None of the census returns showed an occupation for Lucy. Lucy and her mother were obviously interested in photography, both attending the Photographic Convention in Cambridge at the Guildhall in July 1902. Her photographic interest is further revealed in three submissions to Stationers' Hall recording the transfer of copyright in three photographs from Lucy as the photographer to others. Details were:

  • Photograph of cottages at Axmouth. Copyright owner of work: Charles Harold Avery, Wyndcliffe, Hornyold Road, Malvern. Copyright author of work: Lucy Elizabeth Beedham, Woodville, Hills Road, Cambridge. Date of agreement or assignment: 7 October 1902. Names of parties to agreement: Charles Harold Avery, Lucy Elizabeth Beedham. Form Completed 1 November 1902. TNA COPY 1/458/8
  • Photograph of Smugglers' Lighthouse, Hythe. Copyright owner of work: Charles Harold Avery, Wyndcliffe, Hornyold Road, Malvern. Copyright author of work: Lucy Elizabeth Beedham, Woodville, Hills Road, Cambridge. Names of parties to agreement: Charles Harold Avery, Lucy Elizabeth Beedham. Form Completed 4 November 1902. TNA COPY 1/458/23
  • Photograph, size ½ plate, subject two oxen and a man with plough. Copyright owner of work: Henry Etheridge Collett, Bertram Saward St Luke Puckle, trading as The Graphic Photo Company, 21 Bride Lane, Ludgate Hill, London. Copyright author of work: Lucy Elizabeth Beedham, 'Woodville', Hills Road, Cambridge. Name of parties to agreement: Lucy Elizabeth Beedham and Henry Etheridge Collett, Bertram Saward St Luke Puckle, trading as The Graphic Photo Company. Date of agreement: 8 November 1906. Form completed: 12 November 1906. TNA COPY 1/503/227

References: TNA records listed above. Cambridge Daily News 10/7/1902 p3.

Name:  BELL, Alfred     b:  1854, Thirsk, Yorkshire     d:
Address: Victoria Street, Chatteris
Working Dates: 1897-08
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1901 Alfred Bell was in Station Street Chatteris and was described as "tobacconist and drugstore", on own account. Described in 1904 as "Drug Store and tobacconist Station Road and Photographer Victoria Street" In 1911 Alfred Bell was living at London Road Chatteris and was listed in the census return as tobacconist and photographer. See below for a cabinet photograph (author's collection) mounted on black gloss card with "Alfred Bell Photographer, Chatteris" beneath the photograph on the front of the mount: the rear of the mount has no printing. Alfred depositied one of his photographs at Stationers' Hall for copyright purposes in 1897. It was described as "Photograph of hearse with coffin inside entitled 'In Memory of Tom'", copyright owner of work: Alfred Bell, 1 Station Street, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. Copyright author of work: Alfred Bell, 1 Station Street, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. Form completed: 4 January 1897. TNA COPY 1/428/16.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London 1900-08

Cabinet Photograph, by Alfred Bell

Name:  BELLINGHAMS
Address: 14 Glebe Road, Brampton, Huntingdon
Working Dates: c.1974
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Theor 1974 Yellow Pages entry states they had been photographers since 1900 - but no statement as to where. Industrial, commercial, equestrian, weddings, children listed as specialities.
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1974

Name:  BENNETT BROS 
Address: Wisbech
Working Dates: 1907-20
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Bennett Brothers were postcard producers. It is not known at this stage whose photographs were being reproduced. One of the Bennett Bros could have been Richard Bennett b:1866 Clapham, London, a stationer, living at 27 High Street Wisbech in 1911. Below is an example view postcard from around 1907 of The Parish Church Wisbech - the face bears the legend "Published by Bennett Bros. Wisbech". The reverse is a divided back listing Japan, Spain and the USA as countries not accepting a divided back.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Rouse M “Cambridgeshire in Early Postcards”
Powell, Roger and Bell, Robert, Britain in Old Photographs, Wisbech, Alan Sutton Publishing, 1972, pp17 (1920) and 80 (1908)

View postcard by Bennett Brothers

Name:  BERTOLLÉ Richard Frederick        b:1851  Kingston Surrey     d: 1934 - Brentford, Middlesex
Address: Broad Street, March
Working Dates: 1892-1908
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1881 Census Richard was living and working as a photographer in Eastgate, Bourne Lincolnshire. His wife, Susannah b: 1856 was a local Bourne girl and they has a daughter, Florence M b:1876, Islington London. The 1891 census lists Richard as "photographer and violinist" at Creek Road, March. Kelly's 1892 and 1896 entries “teacher of violin Station Road and Photographer Broad Street March”. By 1911 he was living at Aldermans Drive, Peterborough, no longer a photographer, but a general dealer. The two cabinet photographs below (author's collection) are by Bertollé. That on the left appears to be the earlier of the two, on cream card, the reverse is shown below - printed in black "R.F.Bertollé, Photographer, Broad St March Cambridgeshire and at Bourn, Lincs" (1890s). The second on grey card has a blank reverse and on the face simply stated "R.F.Bertollé March" (late 1890s). Below there is a carte de visite (author's collection) of a vignette portrait of an unknown young man on a plain grey card mount impressed below the image "RF Bertollé March Cambs" c.1900.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992      
Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London 1892-1908

Two cabinet photographs by Bertolle

Reverse of first of the above

Carte de visite, Bertollé

Name:  BIBBY'S STUDIO
Address: 35 Narrow Bridge Street, Peterborough
Working Dates: c. 1924
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: This studio has one single directory entry in a local directory for 1924. It has not been possible to date to find out more about this studio. There were two photographers in England by the name of Bibby. John Ray Bibby b:1856 Preston Lancs, was a photographer in Southport in 1911. There was also a photographer Robert Bibby - nothing further known. There is nothing known currently to connect either of them to Peterborough. Also, the animal feed company J Bibby and Sons of Liverpool, published a well illustrated quarterly periodical "Bibby's Quarterly" (described as a rival to "Country Life", later "Bibby's Annual" and "Bibby's Hearth and Farm". Again nothing is currently known to connect this publication with Peterborough.
References: Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1924

Name:  BICKERSTAFFE, Lucy Camilla  b: 1884  Leamington, Warwickshire.   d:1937 Barton
Address: Silverthorn, Wimpole Road, Barton, Cambs
Working Dates: c.1920-37?
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Lucy Camilla Bickerstaffe was the daughter of a medical doctor, Roger Bickerstaff and Esther Parker, of Leamington Warwickshire. In 1901 Lucy was with her uncle, Charles Bickerstaffe, a C of E Clergyman, and his family at The Vicarage Dronfield, Derbyshire. In 1911 she was a lady of independent means at the home of an aunt, Sophia Anne Bickerstaffe (also of private means) in Pokesdown, Christchurch, Hampshire. By 1919 Lucy was living in Barton Cambridgeshire. She was a "new scoutmistress" in the village in 1920 and appears to have also been a church organist and a charity concert organiser. Exactly what her connection was with photography is not yet known, neither is her occupation, if she had one. She does not appear in commercial directories as a shopkeeper in Barton (1900, 1916, 1922,1929, 1933 and 1937 Kellys directories - no trace) and yet her name, "Miss L.C. Bickerstaffe, Barton, Cambridge" appears on the real photograph postcard below, which depicts three bricklayers on wooden scaffolding working on a chimney beside the incomplete roof of a building. It is difficult to see the purpose of the postcard. Might it have been work on Miss Bickerstaffe's house, or the near completion of an important building, possibly an important re-build, perhaps issued as a fund raising idea? Until the mystery is solved or more information comes to hand, we will list Miss Bickerstaffe here.
References: Cambridge Independent Press: 26 Dec 1919 (violin solo at concert at Comberton), 2 Jan 1920 p12 (scoutmistress) 9 Jan 1920 p3 (church organist) , 16 April 1920 (concert organiser) 6 Aug 1920 (new scoutmistress) Cambridge Daily News 29 May 1921 p1 (offering two goats for sale)

RPPC of workmen on roofText on reverse of above postcard

Name:  BINGE, John Photography  b:       d:
Address: 34 Westfield Road, Sawtry
Working Dates: c.1986
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1986

Name:  BINGHAM, Mary Ann  b:1858 Brampton, Huntingdonshire.   d:
Address: High Street, Huntingdon
Working Dates: c.1881
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1881 census Mary is shown as a photographer's assistant. She was living in High Street, Huntingdon with her father, John G Bingham, brewer and cooper b: 1838, St Neots, Huntingdonshire and mother, Isabella b:1838 Tempsford, Bedfordshire.
References: England census 1881

Name:  BIRD, Frank, Frank Bird (Photography)   b:1936 
Address: Various addresses in Cambridge, Trumpington and Cottenham.
Working Dates: c.1954 - 2001
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Frank Bird, now retired, was a Cambridgeshire Photographer for over 45 years. He worked first for the Cambridge University Department of Aerial Photography (1954 -1957), then with Edward Leigh in Kings Parade (1957 - 1969) interrupted with periods on the high seas working for the Marine Photo Service, Colchester, on P&O liners from 1961-1963 then briefly with Stearns in Cambridge in 1963). In 1969 Frank went into partnership with Peter Lofts, trading first as "Lofts Bird Partnership" then as "Cambridgeshire Photographers". Frank, assisted by his wife, Madeleine, ran his own firm, Frank Bird (Photography), in Telegraph Street, Cottenham from 1976-2001.
References: For full details, please see Frank Bird's autobiography on our site here. Cambridge Yellow Pages 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000. Peterborough Yellow Pages 1977.

Name:  BIRD, Vernon     b:       d:
Address: Station Road, March
Working Dates: c. 1908
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: It is possible that this 1908 directory entry relates to William Henry Vernon Bird below - no other obvious candidate has yet been found in March in the 1901 or 1911 census returns.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire 1908

Name:  BIRD, William Henry Vernon   b:1881 at Boston, Lincs       d:
Address: 5 Alexandra Road, Wisbech
Working Dates: c.1901 - 1904
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1901 William was living with his parents at 3 Cannon Street Wisbech. His father, William Bird b: 1851 Boston a grocer's manager. William was shown as a photographer working from home on his own account. There is a directory entry for him in 1904 as a photographer in Wisbech at 5 Alexander Road. If the above entry for Vernon Bird refers to WHV Bird, then he was at March around 1908. By 1911, William Henry Vernon Bird was living with his parents at 6 Grove St, Boston, Lincs and working as a photographer on his own account. A postcard has been listed for sale on Delcamps of a crowd scene - early 20th Century, scratched onto the foreground in shaky capitals is "Vernon Bird" and "Bargate". The location is not identified further, but there is a Bargate in Boston Lincs, suggesting again that WHV Bird used the name Vernon Bird in his photography.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire 1904

Name:  BIRKITT, Malcolm   b:       d:
Address: 18 Svenskaby, Orton Wistow, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1999
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: commercial, industrial, advertising, brochures.
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1999. Some of Malcolm Birkitt's work and articles can be found on the Creative Lens web site at: http://www.creativelens.net/ - the site is based in Swavesey Cambridgeshire.

Name:  BISHOP, John      b:       d: 1943
Address: Guilden Morden
Working Dates: 1880s - 1918
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The Cambridge Independent Press 10th September 1943 has a column entitled "The Passing Hour" by "Watchman" which records "In the cottage homes of Cambridgeshire today there are many hundreds of treasured photographs bearing the rubber stamped words "John Bishop Photographer" a traveling photographer whose funeral was reported recently in our notes from Melbourn. Mr Bishop, it may be recalled, traveled about Cambridgeshire as a photographer for over 40 years until about 1918 living in a caravan and using it as studio and workroom on wheels. He was, one might say, a semi itinerant camera man; not one of those here today and gone tomorrow fraternity. He frequently stayed several months in the larger villages" Later in the same column "The traveling photographer with caravan is now but a memory. He has been driven from the road and village feasts mainly by the ease and popularity of modern photography, even among children many of whom have small cheap "Brownie" and like cameras".

The photo below reproduced with permission from the Cambridgeshire Collection ref W65.5.KO.27409 shows in the background a traveling photographer's caravan at a village feast of some sort, but the sign board appears to be for A.G.Bishop. Does this mean that John Bishop was a second generation traveling photographer?

Below this is what is believed to be an example of Bishop's work. A cabinet photograph of a young boy (or possibly girl) aged around three years standing on the seat of a dining chair, in a dress with frilled collar and short sleeves with a tartan sash round his waist and holding the back of the chair over which is draped a rug of some sort. The photograph has a black border to the mount and black edging. Does this have any meaning connected with mourning the sitter, or is it merely artistic? The reverse is a very faded pinkish geometric pattern. The photographers name alone "John Bishop" can be made out below the image on the rh side of the mount. In the centre of the pattern on the reverse is "John Bishop Art Photographer". There is no indication of the photographer's address anywhere on the mount. Difficult to date, but could be 1890s or 1900s. Below this is a cabinet photograph c.1895, reproduced with permission by the Cambridgeshire Collection (Cat c.65.5) On the face is printed "John Bishop Art Photographer Guilden Morden". The reverse is blank.

References: Cambridgeshire Collection’s Carte de Visite Collection c.65.5 has a photograph from John Bishop. Cambridge Independent Press 10/9/1943.

Photographer's caravan - Bishop

Cabinet photograph by John BishopReverse John Bishop cabinet photo

Detail - front of mountDetail from reverse of Bishop mount
Details from front and reverse of John Bishop mount

Cabinet photograph by Bishop

Cabinet photograph c.1895 from the Cambridgeshire Collection.

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