EARLY NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHERS – E-G

 

 

EDGAR & Co

 

12a Regent Road, Yarmouth       

KN1904

 

(Regent Road studios)

 

EDIS, Miss O


Church Street, Sheringham     

KN1908, KN1912, KN1916

 

In addition to running a fashionable studio, Olive Edis (1876-1955) also created a photographic archive of the Sheringham fishing community. The only female photographer to be thus singled out, she was commissioned to record the work of the Womens' Services at the end of the First World War. Norfolk historian Christopher Pipe draws attention to the collection of her photographs - including some autochromes - at the Cromer Museum, and to the book 'Face to face, Sheringham, Norfolk: the remarkable story of photographers Olive Edis and Cyril Nunn' by Alan Childs, Ashley Sampson and Cyril Nunn (Tiverton: Halsgrove, 2005). (Cyril Nunn, who carried on her work, falls outside the timescale of this directory.) A small selection of her photographs can be found on the Cromer Museum website.

 

EDWARDS, Charles

 

5 Marlborough Place, Yarmouth       

KN1858

 

Regent Road, Yarmouth       

FP1859, HN1863, CY1863, WN1864, HN1872, GY1874, HN1877

 

81 Regent Road, Yarmouth       

KN1865, HN1868, MS1868, KN1869

 

68 Regent Road, Yarmouth       

KN1875, SYc1878, KN1879

 

An ambrotype, probably from 1859 or 1860, gives the following information: ‘C Edwards, Photographer, three doors east of Catholic Church, Regent Road, Great Yarmouth; established 1852.’ The same date of establishment has also been found on a carte de visite mount dating from the 1870s. His advertisement in FP1859 urges readers to 'go to Edwards' Ambrotype Portrait Establishment ... where you will obtain a first-class portrait - warranted not to fade -

in frame complete, from 6d each. N.B. Oil paintings, engravings and photographs copied'. (Regent Road studios)

                                                   

EDWARDS, John

 

John Edwards, Watton 

WN1883, KN1888, WN1890

 

ELKINS, Henry

 

Market Street, Wymondham   

KN1908

 

ELLIOTT, Frank

 

Ran a studio at 7 Blackfriars' Street (more usually known as Blackfriars' Road), Lynn. Known from a carte dating from around 1880 and from an entry in the 1881 census, when he was a boarder at 15 Priory Lane, Lynn. He was recorded as aged 25, born in London; his occupation was given as 'photography'.

 

ELY, T H

 

Ely was the first Norfolk licensee of the daguerreotype process, and a picture of his activities can be built up by combining information given by Adamson and Heathcote. He opened a studio at Royal Bazaar, St Andrew’s Street, Norwich, on 8th December 1843. This studio was retained until August 1844, but during that time he also made forays into other towns. For a while in February 1844 he had a studio in the New Market Rooms, Market Place, King’s Lynn, and from June or July until September 1844 he put his name to a Yarmouth studio in Victoria Road, near Victoria Parade. A second Norwich studio was established at 1 Exchange Street from 11th July 1845 until some time in October. He also worked briefly in Swaffham during 1845. Further information about Ely can be found on the 'Early Norfolk Photographs' website.

 

EMERSON, Peter Henry

 

1856-1936. Particularly active in Norfolk in the 1880s and early 1890s.Though well known for his images of the county, Emerson was not a studio photographer. A champion of the naturalistic approach to photography, he became noted for his photographs of East Anglian scenery and life. He spent much time on the Broads, and his pictorial books include ‘Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads’ (1886) and ‘Idylls of the Norfolk Broads’ (1887).

 

FARROW, F W

 

Listed by Cory at 72 King Street, Norwich, 1894-1896.

 

FELMINGHAM, Ernest

 

18 St Peter's Paved Row, Yarmouth       

KN1904

 

18 St Peter's Paved Row West, Yarmouth

KN1908

 

FINCH, Eugene Arthur

 

Austin identifies him as the third son (1857-1883) of William Henry Finch senior (below). He acted as assistant to his father during the 1870s, when the business was based in Acle. In the early 1880s he went on to run his own studio in Southwold, Suffolk, where he used the name Arthur Aegena Finch.

 

FINCH, Walter Juan

 

Aylsham        

HN1872, HN1877

 

Red Lion Street, Aylsham        

KN1875, KN1879, WN1883, KN1883

 

Thoroughfare, Harleston       

K1888

 

Described as ‘photographer & artist’ in HN1872, HN1877. Identified as the second son (1843-1888) of William Henry Finch senior (below) by Austin, which notes that the Red Lion Street studio was established by 1871. Walter Finch was also found by Cory at 32 St Giles Street, Norwich, 1886. (This is confirmed by a carte de visite mount, dating from the 1880s and giving St Giles Street as the studio address.) Austin also mentions the studio at 32 St Giles Street, but believes it was preceded by an earlier Norwich studio at 39 Prince of Wales Road. (A mount from the 1880s names contemporaneous studios at Red Lion Street, Aylsham, and Prince of Wales Road, Norwich.)

 

Like his father, Finch did not confine himself to the studio. A tintype of three children at the seaside bears on its mount the handwritten inscription: ‘W J Finch, Cromer Beach, Augst 10th/76’. This is an example of Finch's itinerant work with portable tintype equipment. It would not have been necessary to return to Aylsham to process the picture.

 

FINCH, Wiliam Henry, senior

 

(Information derived from Austin - see 'Sources & Conventions' page for details.) Originally a whitesmith and later a portrait painter, Finch (1816-1883) had become a 'photographic artist' in Norwich by 1857. His address in 1861 was Sparkes Yard, Norwich. He was in business in Acle by 1871 (and had probably made the move around 1863). He undertook some conventional studio work there, but Acle also became the base from which he travelled around East Norfolk under the pseudonym of 'Aegena Fynch'. This itinerant work may well have been commissioned as a project to document contemporary rural life.

 

FINCH, William Henry, junior

 

Austin identifies him as the eldest son (1840-1899) of William Henry Finch senior (above). He was working in his father's Norwich-based business by 1861, but by 1869 he had his own studio at Magdalen Gates, Norwich, where he operated under the pseudonym 'Signor Henri Aegena'. He went on, as Aegena (q.v.) to run a studio in Thetford in the 1870s and 1880s. 

 

FISHER, William T

 

St George's Road, Norwich         

WN1854

 

Regent Road, Yarmouth       

KN1858

 

2 Regent Road & 55 South Quay, Yarmouth

FP1859

 

According to Heathcote, Fisher was at St George’s Road from 1853 until 1855 or later, and then at the Yarmouth address until 1859 (Regent Road studios). He was still in Norwich when his daguerreotypes were praised by 'The Norfolk News' on 16th July 1855. 

 

Fisher belongs to the generation of photographers that made the change from daguerreotypy to the wet collodion process. He went on to advertise his collodion solutions for sale nationally. In his advertisement in FP1859 he presents himself primarily as an optician, but he also 'invites attention to his Photographic Portraits, taken by his improved method'. He refers to 'Fisher's Unrivalled Collodion' and offers 'photographic chemicals and apparatus, and an elementary lesson given to purchasers of sets of instruments'.

 

FISK, Henry

 

Market Row, Yarmouth

CY1863, WN1864

 

FLOWER, Burrell &

 

75 Dereham Road, Norwich

KN1896

 

FLOWER, Joseph George


Market Row, Yarmouth       

CY1863, MS1868

 

16 Market Row, Yarmouth       

WN1864

 

FOAKES, George

18 St Peter's Row West, Yarmouth

TC1901 

A family connection with Daniel Folkes, below, seems possible, and a misspelling of the surname in one or other directory is suspected. (Kelly is usually fairly reliable, while TC1901 is far from error-free.)

 

FOLKES, Daniel

 

18 St Peter's Paved Row, Yarmouth       

KN1900

 

FOLKES, George

 

Unrecorded, but suspected of existing. See George Foakes above.

 

FORD, James Pearce

 

Regent Road, Yarmouth

HN1863, CY1863, WN1864, KN1865, KN1869

 

Regent Road, Albion Road, Yarmouth

HN1868

 

Regent Street, Yarmouth

MS1868

 

(Regent Road studios)

 

FOX, Frederick

 

Great Hockham, Thetford         

KN1912, KN1916

 

FRARY, John

 

2 Minnie Terrace, West End Street, Norwich

WN1883

 

FREEMAN, Herbert S

 

58 St Stephen's Street, Norwich

MN1867, HN1868

 

FREEMAN, W

 

Rampant Horse Street, Norwich

HN1863, WN1864

 

Two generations of photographer could, in theory, be involved here, since HN1863 lists ‘W Freeman Jun’ and WN1864 lists ‘W P B Freeman’.

 

According to announcements in 'The Lynn Advertiser' and 'The Norfolk Chronicle', Oct 11th 1856, W Freeman junior set up his studio at 3 Rampant Horse Street as successor to Oliver Sarony (q.v.). More information about Freeman can be found on the 'Early Norfolk Photographs' website.

 

FULLER, W

 

Theatre Street, Norwich

WN1864

 

FYNCH, Aegena

 

Professional alias of William Henry Finch senior (see above).

 

FYNCH, Eugenia


Acle    

WN1883

 

Austin points out that 'Eugenia' is an error. The entry should read 'Fynch, Aegena', which was the professional alias of William Henry Finch, senior (see above).

 

GAINSBORO’ Photo Co.

 

            20 St James Street, King’s Lynn

            TAL 1908

  

GAVIN & Banger

 

White Lion Street, Norwich         

KN1888

 

Back of the Inns, Norwich         

WN1890

 

85 Upper St Giles Street, Norwich         

KN1892

 

GAVIN, John W

 

85 St Giles Street, Norwich         

KN1896, KN1900, TC1901, KN1904

 

Cory lists Gavin at this address from 1894.

 

GAZE, W W


36 Vauxhall Street, Norwich         

KN1912, AN1916

 

51 Vauxhall Street, Norwich         

JN1914

 

57 Vauxhall Street, Norwich         

KN1916

 

GIDNEY, C M

 

Shown by Cory at Bank Plain, Norwich, 1886-1888. David Gobbitt has identified him as Mortimer Charles Gidney (operating as C M Gidney), who took over the studio of Robert Green (below), and who was succeeded by Bond & Newman (q.v.). Gidney's occupation of the studio was probably briefer than Cory supposed, since a copyright registration found by David Gobbitt indicates that Bond and Newman were already at the Bank Plain address by October 1886.

 

GILKES, William

 

Westlegate Street, Norwich         

KN1865

 

Sylvia Shankland, Gilkes' great-great-grandaughter, reports the family tradition that he was, at some point, a theatrical scenic artist in Norwich. He died on 22nd March 1868, aged 45, but Cory shows him still in Westlegate Street in 1872. Sylvia Shankland suggests (very tentatively) that a son, also a William, may have carried on the business for a time after his father's death. 

 

GRAY, George C


16 Regent Road, Yarmouth       

KN1888

 

(Regent Road studios)

 

GREEN, Charles

 

182 King Street, Yarmouth

KN1888

 

Green was the manager of the London Photographic Company at the above address.

 

GREEN, R

 

Opie Street, Norwich         

HN1863, HN1868, HN1872

 

Bank Street, Norwich         

HN1877

 

Since it is believed that the Bank Street studio was on the corner adjoining Bank Plain, it is very likely that this photographer is the same as Robert Green, below.

 

A mount describing Green’s Bank Street studio as the ‘Great Eastern Photographic Establishment’ states that the business was founded in 1854.

 

GREEN, Robert

 

Bank Plain, Norwich         

KN1865, MN1867, KN1869, HAM1879, WN1883, EN1883

 

See also R Green, above. The studio was subsequently taken over by C M Gidney, above,

 

GRIFFITH(S), David Knox

 

20 St Giles Street, Norwich         

KN1869

 

According to Cory, Griffith(s) was employed earlier in the decade at this address, when Robert Hindry Mason (q.v.) was running the studio. Peter Klein points out that he was advertising his studio (‘late Mason & Co.’) in the Norfolk press as early as July 1868.

 

GRIMWOOD, Burgess &

 

Queen Street, Norwich

HN1868, KN1869, HN1872

 

According to 'The Norfolk News' of 23rd December 1865, they had just opened their Queen Street studio the day before. 

 

Thomas Henry Grimwood appears in KN1865 as a tailor, draper and hatter at 5 Lower Goat Lane, Norwich, where John Middleton Burgess had his earlier photographic studio.

 

 

 

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