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Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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Name:  DALE, M.J. b:       d:
Address: 28 Jubillee Street, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1971
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1971

DALY, R.J See PAGE, George H

Name:  DARKINS, Ernest Henry b: 1889 Cambridge     d:
Address: 10 St Johns Road, Cambridge (1935 and 1939), 221 Chesterton Road Cambridge (1959), 164 Victoria Road (1961)
Working Dates: c.1939
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Ernest was listed in the 1939 Register at the above address. His occupation was shown as "Photographer D.P.Finisher (own account)". Present at the same address were: W Winifred R Darkins b: 1889, Grace E Page b:1909 and Ellen JM Sweeting b:1863. He was the son of a picture frame maker, Henry John Darkins of 29 Malcolm Street Cambridge. In the 1959 Cambridge Telephone Directory Ernest was listed as a photographer at 221 Chesterton Road Cambridge. By 1961 he was shown as a resident only at 164 Victoria Road Cambridge and no longer listed as a photographer.
References: 1939 Register.

DAVIDSON, ALAN ABIPP  see STILLS

Name:  DAVIES, Penny   b:       d:
Address: Rising Sun, Mildenhall Road, Littleport
Working Dates: 1983-4
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: industrial, commercial, audio-visual, weddings, social functions.
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1983, 1984

Name:  DAVIES, Peter Hughes   b:1816, Launceston Cornwall  d:1898
Address: High Street, March
Working Dates: 1869-
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1861 Peter Davies was a chemist in High Street March where he was living with his wife Elizabeth B(arratt?) Davies b:1825 Teignmouth Devon. In 1871 Peter's family included daughter Sarah A Davies b:1860 March Cambs, son Frederic A Davies b:1865 March Cambs and daughter Sarah Lloyd Davies b:1868 March Cambs. Also in the household was an assistant, Thomas Maddison b:1854 Swaffham Norfolk (who does not seem to have been connected with the Maddison family, photographers in Huntingdon) and an apprentice, Wilson Shepperson b:1855 Wisbech. In 1881 Peter was still a March Chemist, living with the same family in the High Street. His assistant at this point was George Hunn b:1863 Yarmouth. In 1891 Peter was still a pharmaceutical chemist living with his wife, daughter Sarah Lloyd, grand daughter Winifred Davies b:1879 March and the chemist's assistant was Jas Herbert South b:1871 Otley Yorkshire. Peter died in 1898. It is not known at what stage Peter took up photography, but he has a single listing as a photographer in the 1869 Kelly's directory. However, the two cartes de visite below from the author's collection appear to be a little later, perhaps from the 1880s. They depict a vignette portrait of a lady with heavily frilled collar and a cameo portrait of a young child of indeterminate gender around 2 years old.
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 Aug 1869

Two cartes de visite be Davies
Reverse of Davies cartes de visite

Name:  DAVIS, Arthur James   b: 1863 Cambridge     d:1916
Address: 3 Rose Crescent, Cambridge.
Working Dates: 1913-15
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Photos of university life were a specialty. Arthur James Davis was the son of a College Servant and in 1881 was living with his family in Queens Road Cambridge and was a watchmaker's apprentice. In 1891 Arthur was a watchmaker and jeweler in his own right, employing others, living at 4 Peas Hill Cambridge. Living with him were his wife Caroline E Davis b:1867 Lambeth, who assisted in the business, and infant son Cyril Arthur Ernest Davis b: 1890. In 1901 Davis was a watchmaker and jeweler, an employer of others, at 6 Peas Hill Cambridge, where he lived with his wife Caroline. In the 1911 census return Davis is listed at 3 Rose Crescent as a watchmaker and jeweler, a maker but principally a dealer. His son, Cyril Arthur Ernest Davis b: 1890 and daughter Winifred Irene Davis b: 1895 assisted in the business. He is listed as a photographer in the local directories for 1913-15 at 3 Rose Crescent. The National Archives have six of Arthur's applications to Stationers' Hall in 1906 to register assignment of copyright of six of his photographs for postcards to local fancy stationer John Phillips Gray of 34 Trinity Street, Cambridge. The photos were described as:

  • Photograph (combination) of 4 views of Trinity College Cambridge (1) Trinity College Boathouse & River showing boat & two men (2) Trinity College showing outside Dining Hall & Court (3) Trinity College Old Court & fountain (4) Trinity College Cricket Pavilion, Arms in centre of picture. Date of agreement or assignment: 26 July 1906. TNA COPY 1/500/45
  • Photograph 'Degree Day at Cambridge', four scenes (1) Esquire Bedells, French Ambassador and heads of the colleges ascending steps of Senate House, (2) Esquire Bedells, Vice Chancellor and Chinese Ambassador and Heads of the Colleges ascending steps of Senate House, (3) group of figures, Masters of Arts etc outside Senate House, (4) Bachelors of Arts entering Senate House'. Date of agreement: 10 July 1906. Item format: Postcard. TNA COPY 1/499/157
  • Photograph: 'Degree Day at Cambridge', four scenes (1) Vice Chancellor and Esquire Bedells in Court Yard of Senate House, (2) Professor and Doctors entering Senate House, (3) Bachelors of Arts entering Senate House, (4) shewing figures descending steps with wooden spoon'. Date of agreement: 10 July 1906. TNA COPY 1/499/156
  • Photograph of figures entering Court Yard of the Senate House, Cambridge showing The Master of Trinity College, Reverend Doctor Butler and Doctor Kwan, (Chinese) and others'. Date of agreement: 12 July 1906. Item format: Postcard. TNA COPY 1/499/155
  • Photograph of five views of Trinity Hall Cambridge, (1) Master's Lodge Gardener at work, (2) Front Court and Entrance, (3) Gateway Front, (4) 3rd Court, (5) showing new buildings'. Date of agreement: 17 July 1906. Item format: Postcard TNA.COPY 1/499/216
  • Photograph of four views of Trinity Hall Cambridge, (1) Trinity Hall Boat House, (2) Trinity Hall 3rd Court shewing gardener at work, (3) Trinity Master's Lodge, (4) Trinity Hall Cricket Pavilion, Arms in centre'. Date of agreement: 17 July 1906. Item format: Postcard. TNA COPY 1/499/217
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1913-15

Name:  DAVIS, Christopher   b:1849       d:1928
Address: 7 Towler Street, Peterborough.
Working Dates: Peterborough c. 1906
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: A single entry in a local trade directory for 1906. No obvious further matches could be found in the 1901 or 1911 census returns, but David Simkin, who runs the excellent site on Sussex Photo History (www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/), picks up the story. "The photographer concerned is almost certainly Christopher John Allen Davis (1849-1928). Christopher John Allen Davis was born in the King's Cross / St Pancras district of London during the 3rd Quarter of 1849, the son of Rebecca Allen and Christopher Henry Teesdale Davis (c1819-1884), a pharmaceutical chemist of London. Christopher Davis worked as a photographer in Lewes, Sussex, between 1871 and 1881 before establishing his own photographic studio in Brighton at 48 West Street, Brighton, around 1882, possibly entering into business partnership with William Avenell. Christopher Davis married Emily Lintott in Brighton in 1882 and this union produced three children. Mrs Emily Davis, Christopher's first wife, died in 1889 at the age of 41. In 1891, Christopher Davis married Adelaide Jessie Adams. At the time of the 1891 census, Christopher Davis was residing in the Preston District of Brighton. Although he described himself as a "Photo Artist (Employer)", it was the name of his business partner, William Avenell, which appeared printed on the mounts of the photographs produced at the studio at 48 West Street, Brighton. At the time of the 1901 census, Christopher J. A. Davis was working as a photographer in Worcester. Christopher Davis was now a widower and his three children were being cared for by his unmarried sister Emma Jane Davis (born c1844, London). Unhampered by his children, I expect Christopher Davis was working as an itinerant photographer. By 1906, Davis was working as a photographer in Peterborough. At the time of the 1911 census, Christopher John Allen Davis, a 62 year old widower, was an inmate of the Thorpe Road Workhouse in Peterborough. On the census form, Christopher John Allen Davis is described as a "Photographic Artist (own account, at home)". Christopher John Allen Davis died in Peterborough in 1928 at the age of 79."
References: Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1906, England Census 1891, 1901, 1911.
Thanks to David Simkin for sharing material researched for his site www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/

Name: DAVIS, Francis      b:       d:
Address: 3 Hazlemere Villas, Needingworth Road, St Ives
Working Dates: c.1910
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: A single reference in a 1910 directory lists Davis as a photographic printseller and stationer
References: Kelly's Directory of Huntingdonshire 1910

Name:  DAVIS, John Frederick   b:       d:
Address: Priestgate, Peterborough.
Working Dates: 1862
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Described as an "Artist Photographic and miniature" in a single directory entry in 1862. John Frederick Davis filed for bankruptcy in the Court of Bankruptcy London on the 12th of September, 1864, showing his occupation as photographic artist and auctioneer. Details of the bankruptcy case appeared in the London Gazette as shown below. Discharge was granted by the Court of Bankruptcy, London, on the 21st day of November, 1864. (Bernard and Pauline Heathcote list a John Frederick Davis b: 1823 Canterbury, son of William Davis builder, married to Matilda Watson Clark 5 July 1855, as a Nottingham photographer from 1851-61. This Davis went bankrupt in 1861, and died in 1862, so was a different person to our Priestgate photographer). No trace has been found of Davis in the 1861 or 1871 census. By 1867 Davies had apparently moved on to Huntingdon. The Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 10 August 1867 Page 1 reported:
"The Bankruptcy Act, 1861. the County Court of Huntingdonshire, holden at Huntingdon, in the matter of JOHN FREDERICK DAVIS, of the Town of Huntingdon, in the county of Huntingdon, Auctioneer and Photographic Artist, adjudged bankrupt on the Ist day of April, 1867. A meeting of the creditors of the said bankrupt will be held before the Registrar at his office in Huntingdon, on the 22nd day of August, 1867, 11 o'clock in the forenoon, for the purpose of declaring a dividend, and also whether any allowance shall be made to the bankrupt. Proofs of debts will be received, and creditors who have not yet proved, and do not then prove, will be excluded the benefit of the dividend. CHARLES JACOB. High Bailiff". Davis appears to have survived this second bankruptcy and is listed in Kelly's 1869 Directory of Huntingdonshire as an artist and frame maker living in the High Street at Huntingdon.
References: Slater's Directory of Northamptonshire 1862. The London Gazette Publication date: 6 December 1861 Issue: 22574 Page: 5306. The London Gazette Publication date: 14 October 1864 Issue: 22902 Page: 4893. The London Gazette Publication date: 16 December 1864 Issue: 22921 Page: 6643. Cambridge Independent Press of 24 September 1864. Bernard and Pauline Heathcote, "A Faithful Likeness - The First Photographic Portrait Studios in the British Isles 1841-1855", published by Heathcote, 2002, Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 10 August 1867 Page 1. The London Gazette Publication date: 23 April 1867 Issue: 23244 Page: 2465. The London Gazette Publication date: 28 May 1867 Issue: 23256 Page: 3101. The London Gazette Publication date: 9 August 1867 Issue: 23289 Page: 4467.

Name: DAVIS, Jon   b:       d:
Address: 108 Mill Road, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1983
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1983

Name:   DAWSON, Carol b:       d:
Address: 158 Manderston Rd, Newmarket
Working Dates: c.1980
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1980

Name: DAY, John AIIP b: 1913 (see text below)       d:
Address: in 1939, 1974, 1977, 1980 at 164 Lynn Rd Wisbech, 1986, 1990, 95, 1999 at 106 Lynn Road, Wisbech
Working Dates: 1939 – a number of online directories suggest may still bein business in 2016
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1939 Register there was a John Day b:1913 a photographic studio operator living at 164 Lynn Road, Wisbech. Living with him were Alice M Day b: 1873 retired publican and Bessie F C Day b: 1916 a dressmaker (partner). In "Lilian Ream A Life In Photography" by Kim Bowden, Cambs CC, 1992, p77 the chapter on Roland Ream, the son of Wisbech photographer Lilian Ream states, "At the end of the war Roland had returned full of ideas for expanding the business in the field of cine films. In 1946 the lease on the separate dress shop had expired and he took it over as an independent business called "Roland Ream Cine Service". He had always been interested in cine photography and was in the fortunate position of being able to build a business from his hobby. The shop sold cine cameras and projectors, sold, developed and printed films and carried out equipment repairs. Schools from a wide area became important customers for the sale and maintenance of visual aid equipment. Roland also hired commercially produced films and would show them to local groups and at private parties. He was assisted by John Day who had previously worked for E.Lawrence Witcombe Ltd, the portrait and commercial photographers at 7 Nene Quay who were also accredited dealers for Gebescape and Pathe cine apparatus. It is not known how long the association between Roland Ream and John Day continued, but Roland closed his business in 1971.Yellow pages show that from 1974 - 1999 John Day AIIP specialised in commercial, weddings, portraiture, and press work. Although the 1939 and 1970s address is the same it seems unlikely that one person had a working life from 1939 to 1999+.
References: 1939 Register.
Peterborough Yellow Pages 1974, 1977, 1980, 1986, 1990, 1995, 1999.
"Lilian Ream A Life In Photography" by Kim Bowden, Cambs CC, 1992, P77

Name:  DENSTON,  Armond Reginald       b: 1893, Ely      d: 1957
Address: 58 Broad Street, Ely
Working Dates: 1925/6
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Photographer and postcard producer with a single directory entry as a photographer in Kelly's Directory for 1925/6. In the 1911 census Armond Denston was living with his parents at Broad Street Ely where he was assisting in his father's carpentry business. He served in the army during WW1 in the 14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish). The postcard sized portrait below of an unknown woman is from the late 1920s. The rear has a divided postcard back with no publisher's details, embossed on the bottom right of the face with a hand embossing press is "A.R.Denston, Broad St. Ely" (author's collection)
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire 1925/6

Portrait by AR Denston

Name: DEW-SMITH, Albert George   b: 1848 Salisbury Wilts      d:1903 Fulham
Address: Trinity College Cambridge, Chesterton Hall, Chesterton Road Cambridge c 1901
Working Dates: c 1870 - 1903
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Son of Charles Smith, of Thames Ditton, Surrey, entered Trinity College 1869, around 1870 changed his surname to Dew-Smith after inheriting some property. He received his BA in 1873. In 1881 with Horace Darwin (1851-1928) he founded the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company to manufacture scientific instruments.This company was one of the foundations of what was eventually to become known as the Cambridge phenomenon. In 1884 Albert was voted a member of the Photographic Society of Great Britain, and the following year he exhibited three portraits: Dr Aldis Wright, Prof Caley FRS and Herr Joachim in their annual exhibition. In the 1891 census Albert was a Master of Arts living at Trinity College and he showed his occupation as "an employer of lithographic artists". According to A History of Cambridge University Press: Volume 3, New Worlds for Learning..." By David McKitterick, in the 1890s Dew-Smith was "a photographer of outstanding ability", "responsible for all photography at the University Library" and "proprietor of the Cambridge Engraving Company", which was a lithographic printing company. Albert seems to have been an early example that powerful combination of the academic and successful entrepreneur. In 1901 Albert was living with his wife Alice Mary b:1859 Aukland New Zealand at The Hall, Chesterton Road Cambridge, living on his own means. The enumerator wrongly wrote his surname as "Du'Smith" According to Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 he was a collector of books and jewels and a noted photographer. Died Mar. 17, 1903, aged 54, at Hurlingham Court, Fulham. Buried at the Histon Road cemetery, Cambridge. There are ten portraits by Albert in the photographic collection of the National Portrait Gallery. www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait-list.php?search=sp&sText=DEW%20SMITH. Also at the NPG are five photographs which are of, or include, Albert taken by Eveleen Myers (who is listed on this site).
References: A History of Cambridge University Press: Volume 3, New Worlds for Learning..." By David McKitterick, Catalogue of the 1885 Annual Exhibition of the Photogrphic Society of Great Britain. Wikipedia entry for the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company.

Name:  DEVEREUX, Barry Photography  LBIPP  b:       d:
Address: 150 Eynescroft, Bretton, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1990
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: architectural, industrial, commercial, advertising
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1990

Name:   DIAMOND PHOTOGRAPHY
Address: 1 Queens Row, Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Working Dates: 1997 to at least 2000
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: weddings, commercial, industrial, advertising,  executive portraits
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1997 1998, 2000

Name: DICKMAN, Murial, Née Cuff, b: 1923 d:
Address: 227 Cromwell Road, Peterborough
Working Dates: 1939
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1939 Register Murial was living with the Cuff Family at the above address. She was married and her occupation was shown as a photographic printer, employer currently not known.
References: 1939 Register

Name: DIGGLE, C. b:? d:?
Address: March, Cambridgeshire
Working Dates: c.1900-10
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: This photographer's existence is currently only known through the survival of one of his / her cabinet photographs, illustrated below, bearing the text "C.Diggle March" (Author's collection). The photograph mount is black on the face with gilt writing and is dark grey, with no text on the reverse and appears to date from around the first decade of the 20th Century. The photograph, of an unknown young woman wearing an enormous hat in the form of a flat cap, is either over exposed, or has faded, to the point where facial details are almost indistinguishable. Research has shown that the family name of Diggle occurred in the Wisbech area 1901 - 1911, however, no appropriate "C.Diggle" has been found in March in the Census returns for 1901 or 1911. The 1939 Register lists a Charles J Diggle b:7 Feb 1883, living at 8 Hawthorne Grove March, His occupation was then a retired police Detective Inspector. He was living with his wife Emma Diggle b:11/6/1889, Audrey E Diggle (later Pape), grocery shop assistant b: 24/8/1916 and a Doris M Hunt (later Crease) b: 9/11/1929 then a school girl. Charles died in 1951. Charles John Diggle's birth was registered at Wisbech during the first quarter of 1884. In 1891 the family were living at Hungate Road Emneth. The head of the household was Rebecca Diggle b 1861 Terrington, already a widow with seven children. In 1901 Charles Diggle was a shunter. He was living in Westmeadowgate Emneth with his older sister Annie Maria Diggle b: Nottingham, a dressmaker working from home, brothers George W Diggle b:1880 Emneth, a shunter and Arthur S Diggle b:1888 Emneth, page boy. In 1911 Charles Diggle aged 27 was a Constable at Stoke on Trent with the County Borough police, possibly on a course? Is it possible that Charles Diggle was a photographer in March after 1901 and before joining the Police Force? Alternatively he may have nothing whatsoever to do with this photographer. We await the result of an enquiry of the Cambridgeshire Police Museum to see if they have any previous occupational information for this officer in their records.
References: We are most grateful to Nick Smith for bringing this photographer to our notice.

Cabinet Photograph by C.Diggle, March

Name:  DIKO TRADING CO          
Address: 231a Victoria Rd Cambridge
Working Dates: 1931-35
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Apart from the 1931-35 directory entries no trace has been found of this company at Companies House or in the London Gazette or the British Newspaper Archive. There is also no trace in the Cambridge telephone companies for 1932 or 1934.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1931-35

Name: DIMMOCK, Richard      b: 1806, St Martin Le Grand, London      d:1889
Address: 18 Kings Parade, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1866
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1841, Richard, aged 35, was living in Sidney Street Cambridge, in the household of James Dimmock, aged 40, a print seller, possibly his brother. In 1851 Richard was living and working at 18 Kings Parade, Cambridge - he was a hair dresser. By 1861 he had changed his business and was listed as a stationer at the same address. Kelly's Directory of 1866 listed him at the same address as a "Photographic printseller and stationer". By 1871 he was living with his wife at Rose Villa Chesterton where he was described as a retired stationer. The extent of his involvement in photography is not currently known.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kelly's Directory 1866

Name: DIXON, Thomas Harbin      b:       d:
Address: 33 High Street, Huntingdon
Working Dates: c.1920
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Kelly's Directory of Huntingdonshire 1920
Huntingdonshire Archives ED/4169/1/10 page 126 - 33 High Street Huntingdon occupied by Thomas Dixon , being a shop (photographer's) with living accommodation.

Name:   DOMB, R.R. LBIPP b:       d:
Address: 25 Parsonage Street, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1998
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Property, small products
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1998

Name:  DORAN, William Eakins  b: 1868 at Woolwich     d: 1948 Whitby

Address: 19 Percival Street, Peterborough

Working Dates: 1896-1901 Peterborough

Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: William Eakins Doran was born in 1868 in Woolwich, Kent, the son of Thomas Willam and Ann Doran. His father was a dyer who took up photography in the 1880s, an interest that generated a photographic dynasty, initially attracting Willam and his four brothers (Thomas b: 1854 Leeds, Frank b: 1861 Hoxton Middlesex, George Henry b: 1866 Woolwich and David Charles b: 1874 Woolwich). Thomas and Frank were already listed as photographers in the 1881 census when the family was living in Woolwich Kent. Of the four brothers, Thomas worked as a photographer in Dulwich in 1891, in Beckenham in 1901, but by 1911 was working as a dyer and cleaner. Frank was a photographer at 43 George Street Hove in 1891, by 1901 he was a furniture and general dealer in Brighton, but in 1911 he was again a photographer in Brighton. George Henry Doran was a photographer in Peterborough in 1891, living, not with his brother William, but as a boarder with a family at 145 Gladstone Street. In 1901 George Henry Doran had also moved North and was working as a photographer on his own account at Filey, Yorkshire. He was in the same town as a photographer in 1911. David Charles Doran boarded with his brother George Henry at 145 Gladstone Street, Peterborough in 1891, he was described as a photographic printer in the census return. In 1901 he had moved South and was a dyer in Croydon, but in 1911 he described himself as a "scholastic photographer", living at Bandon Hill Croydon. Below is an example of the scholastic work by DC Doran - a Christmas greeting card with the portrait of a young boy and "Doran Bandon Hill Croydon" on the face. The reverse is a simple divided postcard back with no identifying text (author's collection).

The census returns show that William Eakins Doran was in Woolwich until at least 1891. At some point thereafter William moved North to Peterborough, where he was listed in the local trade directories as a photographer at 19 Percival Street from 1896 to 1901. Three of William's brothers were in Peterborough in 1891; David Charles Doran and George Henry Doran, both in the photographic business, possibly working with or for William, but we do not know this for certain. Also in Peterborough at that time was Albert Charles Doran b: 1872 at Woolwich, but according to the Census, Albert was a dyer and cleaner. By 1911 he was a traveler and assistant manager in the dyer business in Dulwich.

The 1901 trade directory entry may well have contained out of date information about William Eakins Doran. In the 1901 Census, William was at 57 Wood View, Bourne Lincs, some 18 miles from Peterborough, where he was described as a photographer, an employer, working from his home address. William was alone at this address on the night of the census. Today a regular commute from Bourne to Peterborough would be unexceptional, but in 1901 it is far more likely that William had moved his business to Bourne or nearby. In the 1901 census, the Percival Street Peterborough address was occupied by an Ada Louisa Rolstone, b:1840, also suggesting that William had moved his business by 31st March 1901. But, William moved further North at about this time. One of his children, Violet W Doran was born in December 1900 in Whitby, and the 1901 census shows William's wife Sarah, b: 1869 Isle of Wight, with their children, living in Whitby. Why the move to Whitby? The family obviously had some connection with Yorkshire since William's mother Ann Doran had been born in Harrogate in 1837.

The 1911 census shows William as a photographer in Whitby, living with his wife and children. The firm William established in Whitby survived until 1985, remaining in the Doran family throughout. The negatives from the firm have survived and were purchased by the Whitby Library and Philosophical Society for the Whitby Museum. William Eakin Doran died in Whitby in 1948. There is a whole chapter on the Doran family business in Whitby in Ruth Wilcock's excellent book on Whitby Photographers.

Below is an example (author's collection) of WE Doran's work, an albumen print of a school group of 3 teachers and 31 boys aged about 7-8 years. The print is 6 in x 4 in mounted on a 9.5 x 8 inch printed cream board, lined and printed in red with "WE Doran Photo. Peterborough" thereon. The boy in the centre of the front row is holding a slate on which is written "Wheatley St Board 14". The clothing suggests this is probably from the later 1890s. The slate refers to the Wheatley Street Board School in Coventry which operated from 1893 until the Local Authority took over the running of schools from the former school boards in 1902. The photograph is not a great example of the photographer's art - six of the boys moved during the exposure leaving obscured features reminiscent of today's intentional blurring to hide a subject's features. Did William Doran travel extensively to get the business of producing school groups, or did he have some connection with Coventry?

Next is an example post card sized print of a schoolboy made into a Christmas greeting card. This has the name "Doran" and address at Bandon Hill, Croydon, so presumably is an example of the work of scholastic photographer David Charles Doran, the brother of WE Doran.

Below this is an example (author's collection) of DC Doran's work, probably from the 1920s with an address in Wallington Surrey - a delightful hand tinted portrait of an unknown young girl in spectacles. The photo is postcard sized with card wrapper and the images below show the reverse of the photo and the wrapper.

References: The Peterborough Directory 1896, 1898, 1901, Census 1871-1911. Ruth Wilcock "Whitby Photographers Their Lives and their Photographs from the 1840s" Towlard Publications 1911.

School group photographed be WE Doran

Detail from above school group

Scholastic Xmas card by Doran

Hand tinted portrait by DC Doran

Reverse of above and detail of card wrapper

Name: DOUGHTY, Ernest William. b: 1872 Peterborough.   d:
Address: 3 Sweet Briar Walk Peterborough in 1891
Working Dates: c.1891 at Peterborough, later Woolwich and Wales
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Ernest came from humble beginnings, being an inmate at the Peterborough workhouse in 1881. In 1891 he was an apprentice photographer in Peterborough, living with and working for Thomas Newell Green, who lived at 3 Sweet Briar Walk Peterborough. By 1901 Ernest had married, started a family and moved to London. He was at 57 Nightingale Vale, Woolwich living with his wife Clara b: 1869 Machen Monmouthshire Wales and children Stanley b: 1894 Pontypool Monmouthshire, Dorothy b: 1894 Pontypool Monmouthshire, Beatice b: 1898 Pontypool Monmouthshire and Mabel b:1900 Woolwich. In 1911 on census night Ernest was a photographer working from home on his own account and lodging at 7 Llewellyn Street, Rhondda, Wales. Clara and three of the children on census night were in Pontypool at the home of Clara's brother. Ernest and Clara had eight children, but by 1911 only Beatrice, Mabel and Stanley had survived.
References: England census 1881, 1891, 1901, Wales census 1911. The PhotoLondon site lists Clara as the photographer in Woolwich - but it appears that the enumerator put the occupational information for Ernest on the wrong line in the 1901 census return.

Name: DOWNE, Alfred Lawrence b:       d:
Address: Thrapston Road Kimbolton
Working Dates: c.1903-6
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Apart from the two directory entries below no trace has yet been found of this Kimbolton photographer.
References: Kelly's Directory of Huntingdonshire 1903, 1906

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Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

0 - 9 | Aa-Ak | Al-Ao | Ap-As | At-Az | Ba-Bd | Be-Bk | Bl-Bo | Br-Bt | Bu-Bz | Ca-Ck | Cl-Cn | Co-Cz | Da-Dq | Dr-Dz | Ea-Ec | Ed-Ez | Fa-Fh | Fi-Fz | Ga-Gd | Ge-Gq | Gr-Gz | Ha-Hd | He-Hh | Hi-Hn | Ho-Hz | I | Ja-Je | Jf-Jz | K | La-Ln | Lo-Lz | Ma-Mb | Mc-Mi | Mj-Mz | N | O | Pa-Pb | Pc-Ph | Pi-Po | Pr-Pz | Q | Ra-Rd | Re-Rh | Ri-Rz | Sa-Sb | Sc-Sf | Sg-Sk | Sl-Ss | St-Sy | Ta-Ti | Tj-Tz | U | V | Wa-We | Wf-Wh | Wi-Wz | XYZ



 
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