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Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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Name:   PRESENTATION GRAPHICS  b:       d:
Address: 82 Queen Ediths Way, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1990
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: corporate planning, sales, presentations, lectures, training etc
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages  1990

Name:    PRESTIGE PHOTOGRAPHY
Address:  Unit 21, Second Drove, Fengate, Peterborough
Working Dates: c. 1995
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1995

Name:  PRIEST Joseph Henry   b:1878 Littlebury Essex  d:1951
Address: 10 and 11 Bridge Street, Ram Yard and 38 Trumpington Street Cambridge.
Working Dates: 1913-15
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: A member of the Cambridge and District Photographic Society whose membership commenced some time before 1917. Stationary Stores and picture dealer and amateur photographer, Some of his photographs of local scenes and events were sold as postcards. Printseller in 1915. See below an example RPPC of the interior of Kings College Chapel, Cambridge by J.H.Priest - this was postally used in 1912. In reporting his death in 1951 the Cambridge Daily News stated: "Mr Joseph Henry Priest of Waterbeach, who died suddenly aged 73, was well-known in sporting circles. Fifty years ago he was an amateur champion cyclist and for over 40 years he has been closely identified with the Cam Sailing Club. Setting up for himself as a stationer and printseller in Bridge Street, Cambridge, he continued until the First World War when he opened up the premises as a ladies’ outfitter in conjunction with Mr C.N. Mitcham. Later he took the corner premises now occupied by Messrs Peak in Fitzroy Street and carried on as ‘The Quality Shop’ and subsequently joined the firm of C.N. Mitcham’s of Chesterton. In the heyday of amateur theatricals he was a member of the Bijou Amateurs.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992. In 1901 Joseph was at 8 Bridge Street living with his brothers: Francis J Priest b:1883 Cambs and Arthur G Priest b:1887 Cambs. Joseph was a stationer working on his own account. In the 1911 census he is shown as a stationer employing others living at 10 Bridge Street Cambridge.
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 3/10/1991, 9/10/1991
Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1913, 1915. Obituary Cambridge Daily News 11.9.1951 p7
First Membership book of the Cambridge and District Photographic Society (Cambridgeshire Collection c.65.5 overflow)

Postcard by Priest of Kings College Chapel CambridgeReverse of Priest postcard

Name:  PROCTOR, (or PROCTER) George    b:1801 Cambridgeshire  d:
Address: 32 New Square Cambridge
Working Dates: 1844 - 1850s

Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: George Proctor was in the woollen, drapery and hat trade in the early 1840s. In the 1841 Census he was listed in Market Hill Cambridge as a "hatter". He was living with his wife Eliza, b:1801 Willington Bedfordshire, daughters; Eliza b:1826, Mary Ann b:1828, Fanny b:1834, Emma b:1837 and son George b:1833. Around 1844 George Proctor obtained a licence from Richard Beard, the patent holder, to use the Daguerreotype photographic process. He presumably took over this position after Heeley, the first Beard Daguerreotype licensee in Cambridge, had fled the town and his debts. George Proctor does not seem to have been any more successful and on 17th March 1845 he filed for bankruptcy. His debts amounted to £458.5.9 and assets £53.9.0. Amongst his creditors was Richard Beard who was owed £205.7.6 including bills for £50, £80 and £75 for photographic materials supplied. Beard actively pursued these debts and claimed in the Court of Bankruptcy London on May 6th 1845 that Proctor had understated in the account he had provided to the court the profits he would have made from the use of the plates he had purchased. Beard's solicitor, Mr Hoppe, argued that Proctor should have used 3/2d worth of materials for a 1 guinea portrait and 7/6d worth for a 2 guinea portrait. From the materials sold to him by Beard, it was argued, Proctor should have derived a much higher income than the £80 he claimed. Proctor in turn asserted that he had to give away "a great many portraits" to establish a reputation. Beard alleged that Proctor had disposed of some unused plates to another photographer in Royston. Proctor denied this, claiming his landlord had seized around 50 plates in lieu of rent. Suspicion mounted when it was revealed that, immediately before filing for insolvency, Proctor had given all his furniture to two relatives, allegedly in return for bills of sale which they had held for over three years. The court refused him the protection of bankruptcy, taking the view that he had been trying to conceal his assets from his creditors.

Despite his debts, somehow it seems that Proctor managed to stay in business and to keep his family in the same house, but the ownership or tenancy was in the name of another member of his family. In the 1851 Census, Mary Ann Reynolds, a widow, b: 1826 at Godmanchester Huntingdonshire, was shown as the head of the household at 32 New Square. Cambridge. Mary was listed as a lodging house keeper. Living with her was her mother, George's wife Eliza Proctor, shown as the wife of a portrait taker, and siblings, Sarah b:1831, George b:1833, Emma b:1838 and Hannah b:1842. No trace has yet been found of George in the 1851 census, but the advertisement below for Daguerreotypes appeared in the Cambridge Chronicle on 27th August 1853 p 4, showing George Proctor was still operating as a licensee of Richard Beard. Again no trace has yet been found of George or Eliza in the 1861 Census and no trace of his subsequent death. George Jnr was at Shoreditch in 1861 where he was a "woollen warehouseman", married to another Eliza b:1831 Cambridge, and his younger sister Emma was living with them. Fanny was a governess with a family in Liverpool.

References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Cambridgeshire Collection TT 30.12.39
Mike Petty recounts that John Pink, his predecessor librarian at Cambridge Library, stated that George Proctor was the first commercial photographer in Cambridge
An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, Mike Petty, 4/11/1992
Slater's Directory of Cambridge 1850 shows "Proctor, George, photographic establishment 32 New Square Cambridge.
Heathcote, Bernard and Pauline A Faithful Likeness - the first photographic studios in the British Isles 1841-1855, Heathcote, 2002.
Cambridge Independent Press 10th May 1845. Cambridge Independent Press 27th August 1853 p4, 3rd September 1853 p4

Advertisement for George Proctor

Name:  PRO SHOT UK PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICE
Address: 4 Crown Walk Newmarket
Working Dates: c.1995
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1995

Name:    P.T.R. (Anglia) Ltd
Address: 25 Elwyn Court, March
Working Dates: c.1970/71
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Wedding specialists. See below 1970s advertisement from The March Book 1970/71
References: The March Book 1970/71 by Regency Publicity Services Ltd, Peterborough Yellow Pages 1971

Advertisement for PTR, 1970/71

Name:  PUGH, William b: 1816 Cambridge d:1899 Cambridge
Address: 21 James Street Cambridge
Working Dates: 1861-1895
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: 1n 1851 William and his wife Mary Ann b: 1821 Cambridge were living with their three children at 4 Causeway Court Cambridge. William was a french polisher. Their children were all born in Cambridge: Jane b:1841, Benjamin b:1844, Alfred b:1850. In 1861 William was living at 21 James Street with his 4 children, the youngest being Ann b:1852 Cambridge. His wife Mary Ann had died in 1853. In 1861 William was described as a photographer. In 1871 William was still at 21 James Street, working as an "artist and photographer", living with him were his two daughters Jane and Ann. In 1881 and in 1891, James, still a photographer, remained at 21 James Street with daughters Jane and Ann. William worked for at least 30 years in Cambridge as a photographer, he died in 1899.

Below is a carte de visite portrait by William Pugh of Alice Marion Simpson, daughter of the Rev Charles Dashwood Goldie, later wife of Archibald Henry Simpson, Chief Judge in Equity of the NSW Supreme Court. Alice was born in 1858, and assuming she is around 13 in the photograph, the carte must date from around 1871. The mount has square corners and there is a dark blue line round the image on the face. The reverse is rubber stamped "W Pugh 21 James Street Cambridge". (Simpson Family Archive)

See below for the reverse of two other cartes de visite by William Pugh from the Cambridgeshire Collection. The first from the 1860s, the second later possibly the 1890s, both are rubber stamped with the information "W Pugh 21 James Street Cambridge". Version 1 the stamp is 22 mm wide, version 2 is 37mm. However, William did also use printed mounts. Below this is a carte de visite on a cream glossy mount with the text "W Pugh 21 James Street Cambridge" printed in red beneath the image - the reverse is blank. The carte is of an unknown man, standing beside a fur draped prop - the bowler hat beside him is 1860s to 1870s. He is holding a cane in one hand, and holding onto the fur draped prop with another, perhaps to compensate for a long exposure.
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 Sept 1865, 1867, 1869
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 4/11/1992
Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1881, 1884, 1887, 1891, 1895.
There are two cartes de visite in the Carte de Visite Collection c.65.5 in the Cambridgeshire Collection, see below.
Note the gap in directory entries between 1869 and 1881 - but the census returns show he was still in the photographic business in 1871 and 1881 - so presumably there were omissions by Kelly’s staff?

W Pugh carte de visite of Alice Marion SimpsonReverse of W Pugh carte de visite

Backstamp, William Pugh version 1Backstamp W Pugh ver 2

W Pugh carte de visite

Name:    PYLE, Mr C.H. b:1830? d:
Address: Corn Exchange Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1853
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The Cambridge Independent Press on 15th October 1853, p8, reported under the heading "Peterborough": "We have been favoured with a view of several photographic portraits taken by a Mr Pyle at the Corn Exchange. The likenesses are very striking, and the portraits on the whole taken in an admirable style; we recommend persons desirous of possessing a faithful representation of themselves or their friends to pay this gentleman a visit." Mr CH Pyle advertised availability for portraits etc at the Peterborough Corn Exchange in the Stamford and Lincolnshire press. A further report of his excellent work at Peterborough appeared in the Lincolnshire Chronicle on 4th November 1853, mentioning Pyle's origin as Margate, Kent. This might mean that CH Pyle was Charles H Pyle, b: Margate 1830, a journeyman joiner in 1851 and in 1861 a joiner living at the Sportsman Tavern, St Lawrence, Ramsgate where his father was the licensee. CH Pyle ran the shooting ranges at Ramsgate and in the 1860s was a successful rifle marksman.
References: Cambridge Independent Press 15th October 1853 p8. Lincolnshire Chronicle 14/10/1853 p4, 4/11/1853 p5 and Stamford Mercury 14/10/1853 p3

Advertisement for CH Pyle 1853

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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-Bak | Bal-Bam | Ban-Bd | Be-Bh | Bi-Bk | Bl-Bn | Bo-Bp | Br-Bt | Bu-Bz | Ca-Ck | Cl-Cn | Coa-Cor | Cos-Cz | Da-Dh | Di-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-Ld | Le-Ln | Lo-Lz | Maa-Mad | Mae-Mar | Mas-Mb | Mc-Mi | Mj-Mz | Na-Nh | Ni-Nn | No-Nz | O | Pa-Pb | Pc-Ph | Pi-Po | Pr-Pz | Q | Ra-Rd | Re-Rh | Ri-Rz | Sa-Sb | Sc-Sf | Sg-Sk | Sla-Slz | Sma-Ss | Sta-Std | Ste-Sth | Sti-Sy | Ta-Ti | Tj-Tz | U | V | Wa-We | Wf-Wh | Wi-Wz | XYZ


 
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