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Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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Name:  OGLESBY, Samuel  b:1823 Marylebone  d:1879
Address: 22 Priestgate Peterborough
Working Dates: in Peterborough c.1854

Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Potentially Samuel Oglesby is one of the most interesting characters to feature on this site. At the age of 10 in 1833 Samuel and his older brother Richard were arrested in Paddington by the newly formed Metropolitan Police for housebreaking and, despite his age, Samuel spent two years in prison before being deported to Australia. There, around 1844, he learned the art of photography and advertised his services as a photographer in Australia in 1849 and 1851. Early in the 1850s, having served the appropriate period, he was allowed to return to the UK. In the days when Daguerreotypes were novelty, high value items he traveled widely. He first appears in the English press in Peterborough in June 1854. Then at Kings Lynn, where the Norfolk News of 29 July 1854 reported: "Daguerreotype. We have the pleasure of witnessing in this town the productions of a Mr Oglesby, after Daguerre's process of portraits, views, still life, &c, and must admit that we never yet fell in with any specimens excelling them." and concluded "Mr Oglesby has, we understand, been long practicing his art in Australia with much success."

On 12 August 1854 Oglesby advertised his presence in St Stephens Road Norwich in the Norfolk News.

Oglesby advertisement

He operated his Norwich studio for two years. At one point in October 1854 it seemed that Samuel had a partner as an advertisement thanked the public for supporting Messrs "Oglesby and Hart". The Bury and Norwich Post of 20th August 1856 has an advertisement "Mr Oglesby's Portrait Rooms No 60 Churchgate Street, Bury. Price of portraits furnished in the best style one guinea and upwards according to size. Business hours ten till four." In the same newspaper on 6th August 1856 Oglesby's advertisement made special mention of "photographic portraits on paper" suggesting he was no longer producing Daguerreotypes. In an advertisement in the Bury and Norwich Post on 22nd October 1856 he claimed to have been practicing photography for 12 years "in London, Australia and many of the principal towns in England". Samuel closed his studio in Bury early in 1857. On 18th September 1857 the Lincolnshire Chronicle reported Oglesby's success in Boston and that he had now fixed his portrait rooms in Mr Burton's Paddock Lincoln - a statement suggesting that he might have set up some sort of carriage as a studio on wheels or a tented establishment. On 23rd April 1858 an advertisement in the Stamford Mercury thanked the public of Lincoln for their support in the name of "Oglesby and Hoggard", suggesting another partner. The same newspaper reported on 9th July 1858 that Oglesby and Hoggards portrait rooms would be in Louth near to the railway station. In the Stamford Mercury - Friday 31st December 1858 was a notice stating that the partnership between Oglesby and Hoggard was dissolved that day. By February 1858 Samuel had moved on from Lincolnshire.

The Newcastle Journal on 21st May 1859 announced that Oglesby's photographic portrait rooms had arrived at Borough Road Bishopwearmouth Sunderland. In July 1859 Samuel was in Sunderland. The Newcastle Journal of 2nd July 1859 records a visit to his studio in Borough Road Sunderland stating that a visit there "will give much satisfaction to the admirers of the beautiful and interesting art of photography. No artist has yet appeared in that district who can in any respect be compared to Mr Oglesby for the life-like and characteristic features which distinguish all his portraits and for the chaste and elegant manner in which they are finished". By 1861 he was at the photographic Rooms, Yarm Road, Stockton upon Tees, living with his half sister, Ellen Hitchen b:1834 Paddington. After Stockton on Tees, Oglesby was at Preston where he styled himself as "Photographer to the Queen". The Preston Chronicle of 1882 records that 20 years previously Samuel had taken photographs of all members of the Guild in Preston, and these photographs were displayed in the local museum. From Preston, around 1868, Oglesby moved to Llandudno, where he operated until his death in 1879. See below for an example carte de visite of a gentleman holding a book from Oglesby's time at Preston when he styled himself as "Photographer to the Queen". (author's collection) . Below are two other cartes from his Llandudno Studio with both the British and French Royal coats of arms on the reverse, one printed in green, one in red.

References: Heathcote, Bernard and Pauline A Faithful Likeness - the first photographic studios in the British Isles 1841-1855, Heathcote, 2002.
Peterborough Advertiser June 1854 p4
This Lytham site has a whole page devoted to Samuel Oglesby and his career. www.amounderness.co.uk/
Norfolk News 12th August 1854, and 21st October 1854, Bury and Norwich Post of 20th August 1856, Lincolnshire Chronicle18th September 1857, Stamford Mercury 23rd April 1858, 9th July 1858, Newcastle Journal 21st May 1859, 2nd July 1859, Preston Chronicle 22nd July 1882

Oglesby carte de visiteReverse of Oglesby carte de visite from Preston

Ogilsby carte de visite from his Llandudno StudioReverse of Oglesby carte de visite from Llandudno studio

Carte de visite, S Oglesby LlandudnoReverse of S Oglesby Llandudno carte de visite

Name: O'HANLON - See HANLON

Name:   OLDROYD, Kenneth I  AIIP, ARPS    b:       d:
Address: 1964 at Springfield, Hillburn Road, Wisbech. 1971 at Limehurst, New Road, Sutton Bridge
Working Dates: c.1964 - 1974
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Peterborough Telephone Directory 1964.  Peterborough Yellow Pages 1971, 1974

Name: OLIVER, David and Barbara - see Fotogenic

Name:    OVERPRINT PHOTOGRAPHIC LTD b:       d:
Address: 72 Folksworth Road, Norman Cross
Working Dates: c.1995
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1995

Name:  OVERTON, William George   b: 1843 Reepham Norfolk  d:
Address: Ivanhoe House, Soham, Cambridgeshire
Working Dates: c.1891-2
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: William is listed as a photographer in the 1891 census, living in the High Street, Soham, with his wife Susan b:1846 Reepham, and niece Nellie Coe, b:1876 Ipswich, a book binder. No obvious trace has been found of Overton in the 1881, 1901 or 1911 census returns. Below is a cabinet photograph by Overton of a group of infants at the British School, Burwell, Cambridgeshire, about six miles south of Soham. The mount is cream, no text on the face, a simple scroll design on the reverse, on the narrow edge, with the text "Overton, Photographer, Soham". There is a date, just visible, on the chalk board held by a child at the front of the group. The best interpretation of the date is 1907, suggesting William operated somewhat longer than his single directory entry suggests, but the clothing in the photograph is more like the 1890s than early 1900s.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1892

Cabinet photograph of infant group from Burwell British School 1907

Cabinet photograph of infant group from Burwell British School 1907 by Overton

Overton's detail on the reverse of the mount of the Burwell School group cabinet photograph above

Overton's detail on the reverse of the mount of the Burwell School group cabinet photograph above.

Name:  OWEN, Edward         b:       d:
Address: Bridge Street, Kings Cliffe, Wansford
Working Dates: c.1877
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: A single entry in the Kellys Directory of Northamptonshire 1877

Name:  OWENS, Peter   b:       d:
Address: 2 Kingston Street, Cambridge
Working Dates: late 1960s - 1975
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Specialist in wedding photography. See below a 6.5 x 4.75 inch black and white print of a pair of bridesmaids, with a coloured Peter Owens backstamp, early 1970s (author's collection). Cambridge photographer Frank Bird recollects that he often met Peter Owens at the Cambridge Registry Office where Peter offered his photographic services to marrying couples.
References:Kelly’s Cambridge Directory 1970, 1974, 1975

Bridesmaids by Peter Owens

Backstamp for Peter Owens

Name: Oxford and Cambridge Photographic Association
Address: Falmouth, Cornwall (Not a Cambridgeshire firm)
Working Dates: 1872 - 1883
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: This is not a Cambridgeshire firm, but is included here because the firm's name suggests otherwise.

Charles J W Truscott was born around 1820 at St Stephens, Cornwall. His wife, Susan or Susannah, b 1821, was also from Cornwall. Their daughter, Fanny M, was born in 1850 at St Helier Jersey, suggesting that the family may have lived in the Channel Islands for a while. By 1851 Charles and his family were living in Islington, and he was a saddler. The family then moved to the South West of England. A son, Walter, was born in Exeter in 1854, another son, Edward, in Truro in 1857 and a daughter in Truro in 1860. By 1861 Charles had become a photographic artist and he rented a studio at St Nicholas Street Truro. In the 1861 census Charles' older brother, James, b St Stephens Cornwall 1812, was living with Charles and family and he too was a photographer. Surviving cartes de visite by Charles suggest that he was a competent photographer, but many years later a commentator was to say that: "...at no time had he met with any encouraging success in his business ventures" (Truscott v The Co-operative Insurance Society, Royal Cornwall Gazette - Friday 5 February 1886 p7).

In May 1872 Charles went into business with his brother James and with photographer Charles Usherwood and a Mr Hellyar. The new firm was rather grandly named the "Oxford and Cambridge Photographic Association", with Charles Truscott as its "Managing Artist", paid £1 per week. The Association operated from 9 Berkeley Place (or Vale) Falmouth. Whether or not any of the partners had connections with either University or town is not known. The Association offered an unusual initial attraction in that "Ministers of all denominations and Public Gentlemen will always be taken free of charge and six copies supplied." (Cornish Echo and Falmouth & Penryn Times - Saturday 4 May 1872 p5). In May 1873 the firm moved to larger premises at 13 Lower Berkeley Place Falmouth. Competition between photographers in Falmouth was probably intense and The Oxford and Cambridge Photographic Association ran a number of adverisements in the local press countering persisently circulating rumours that they had closed down.

In 1876 a case at Falmouth County Court showed that Charles Truscott was in financial difficulties. One J J Richards siezed and sold various goods from the studio to pay off Truscott's creditors. Unfortunately for him it transpired that Charles owned no goods on the premises and the goods Richards seized were the property of the O&CPA.

In 1878 a newspaper advertisement announced "MR. R. B. COLLINS Having just returned from America where he has been for several years in the PHOTOGRAPHIC Buisiness, has now succeeded to the Business known as the Oxford and Cambridge Photographic Association No. 9, Killigrew Street, Falmouth." (Commercial, Shipping & General Advertiser for West Cornwall - Saturday 7 September 1878 p1). Then in 1880 it was announced that "THE OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION, 9, Killigrew Street, Falmouth, Beg to apprise the Public generally that they are the only LICENSEES of the AUTOTYPE Co., in Falmouth, who are authorised to produce the BRILLIANT, PATENT, PERMANENT PHOTOGRAPHS in ALL SIZES At MODERATE PRICES, from CARTE de VISITE to LIFE SIZE. (Cornubian and Redruth Times - Friday 13 August 1880 p1 and 1 Oct 1880 p1 and 7 Jan 1881 p1)

Charles Truscott remained at the studio in Killigrew Street trading as the Oxford and Cambridge Photographic Association, but without Usherwood and Hellyar. In June 1883 there was a fire at the premises. A sharp eyed local police superintendent spotted two seats of the fire and took Truscott into custody on suspicion of arson. (The Cornish Telegraph - Saturday 9 June 1883 p5). Later Magistrates dismissed the charge, accepting Truscott's explanation that the fire was accidental. But the following year there was a more serious fire at the premises. The Co-operative Insurance Company investigated and refused to pay out on Truscott's policy. Truscott had no choice but to sue the insurance company. The standard of proof in the civil case was lower than in the earlier criminal prosecution and the jury found in the insurance company's favour after only minutes of deliberation. During the hearing it transpired that Charles Truscott had received insurance payments when his studio in Penzance had twice been destroyed by storms and for no fewer than four earlier serious fires (Truro, Newton Abbott, Sheffield and Falmouth). In addition to the strong suspicion that he started the fires himself, the insurance company demonstrated that the current claim was inflated. Charles claimed for the loss of 4,500 negatives (at 8d each) when his vouchers suggested that, in the period since his negatives were all lost in the previous fire, he had only taken 648 photographs. (Royal Cornwall Gazette - Friday 5 February 1886 p7).

In July 1887 Charles had a second ill advised and unsuccessful attempt to get the insurance company to pay out, this time for £10 for furniture owned by his brother and destroyed in the fire. In 1890 Charles Truscott had another day in court, this time charged with wilful damage to a bee house which he had agreed to give to his solicitor, Mr Rutter, as part payment of the considerable legal fees he owed (Western Gazette - Friday 04 April 1890 p7)

His ultimate fate is not known, but at least one family tree recorded on ancestry.com includes a Charles Truscott b 1820 Cornwall, who died in the Southwark Workhouse in 1895.

Other addresses where Charles Truscott operated are below. Where dates are shown these are a snapshot from contemporary sources rather than a start or end date for occupancy:
1866 Queen Street, Newton Abbott.
1869 West St Sheffield
1873 and 1878 9 Berkeley Vale Falmouth
1881 9 Killigrew St Falmouth
1883 Chas J W Truscott 2 Summerleaze Terrace Shepton Mallet
Truscott Brothers art photographers The Polytechnic Portrait Rooms, 40 Church Street Falmouth
The New Oxford and Cambridge Photographic Association 9 Killigrew St Falmouth and at Truro
Chas J W Truscott Rembrandt Studio Shepton Mallet
1884 Shaftesbury, address not known
addresses not known at: Totness, Exeter (possibly in 1854 when son born there), Wellington.

References: 1851 Census
1861 census,
1873 PO Directory Charles Truscott photographer 9 Berkeley Vale Falmouth
1881 census
fRoyal Cornwall Gazette - Friday 23 November 1860 p4
West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser - Friday 23 May 1862
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 2 November 1866 p7
Cornish Echo and Falmouth & Penryn Times - Saturday 04 May 1872 p5
Commercial, Shipping & General Advertiser for West Cornwall - Saturday 17 August 1872 p3
Commercial, Shipping & General Advertiser for West Cornwall - Saturday 08 February 1873 p4 and 15 Feb
Cornish Echo and Falmouth & Penryn Times - Saturday 17 May 1873 p1
Cornish Echo and Falmouth & Penryn Times - Saturday 19 August 1876
Commercial, Shipping & General Advertiser for West Cornwall - Saturday 09 February 1878 p3
Commercial, Shipping & General Advertiser for West Cornwall - Saturday 07 September 1878 p1
Cornubian and Redruth Times - Friday 13 August 1880 p1 and 1 Oct 1880 p1 and 7 Jan 1881
Cornish Echo and Falmouth & Penryn Times - Saturday 04 September 1880 p5
The Cornish Telegraph - Saturday 09 June 1883 p5
Western Gazette - Friday 14 December 1883 p8
Western Morning News - Saturday 25 October 1884 p4
Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser - Saturday 25 October 1884 p5
Royal Cornwall Gazette - Friday 5 February 1886 p7
Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser - Saturday 30 January 1886 p5
Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser - Saturday 30 January 1886 p5

carte de visice c 1880 by the Oxford and Cambridge Photographic Association

Carte de visite, unknown man, c 1880 by the Oxford and Cambridge Photographic Association, Falmouth

Name:  OXFORD STUDIOS PETERBOROUGH
Address: Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1928
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: See below 8in x 6in wedding photograph from the late 1920s on two tone brown card mount. The mount is damaged, but detail of the studio name from the bottom RH corner is shown in the second image below.
References: No trace yet found in trade directories for this photographer.

Wedding photograph, Oxford Studios late 1920s

Detail of mount, Oxford Studios Peterborough

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