EARLY SUFFOLK PHOTOGRAPHERS - K-M

 

 

KEMP, William John

 

9 Arcade, Lowestoft

KS1908

 

KERBY, Joseph, & Son

 

26 Tacket Street, Ipswich

SI1885, KS1888, KS1892, KS1896, KS1900, TC1901

 

105 St Helen's Street, Ipswich

KS1896

 

A cabinet print mount of the late 80s or very early 90s shows J Kerby & Son at 20 and 26 Tacket Street. Kerby & Son also had studios in Dovercourt & Harwich, according to Kelly's Essex, 1894. By 1888, Kerby was taking photographs by electric light  - and was charging 50 per cent more for them than for portraits taken by daylight ('Ipswich Journal', 13th July 1888). A mount from the 1890s also advertises 'Pianos and musical instruments, 25 per cent less than any other house in the town'. See also Joseph Kirby, below.

 

KERBY, Joseph

 

26 Tacket Street, Ipswich

KS1883, WS1885, WS1892, SI1894

 

The same Joseph Kerby as listed above. Presence or absence of ‘& Son’ on a mount is probably not a helpful criterion for dating.

 

LEGOOD, Jeremiah

 

High Street, Gorleston

SYcirca1878, KN1879, KN1883, WN1883, WS1885

 

Ferry Lane, Southtown, Yarmouth

KN1892, KN1896, KN1900

 

LEVERINGTON, Thomas

 

Long Melford         

WS1893

 

LEYNEEK, Andrew

 

31 Station Road, Beccles            

KS1908, KS1912, KS1916

 

LEYNEEK, H A

 

Station Road, Beccles

AS1916

 

May well be the same as Andrew Leyneek, above.

 

LIFFEN, James

 

6 Pier Cliff Terrace, Gorleston

KN1892

 

Cliff Hill, Gorleston

WS1892

 

WS1892 misspells his name as 'Liffin'. Paul Godfrey reports that a large display frame of Liffen's work was on show at a Gorleston barber's shop for many years. The contents of the frame showed Liffen as a recorder of local life as well as a studio photographer, and the probable date of some pictures suggests he was still active at the end of the century. He was a shoe- and boot-maker before taking up professional photography, and he ran a tobacconist's shop in later years. Liffen was born in Great Yarmouth in 1865 and died in Gorleston in 1937.

 

LIMMER, E

 

Princes Street, Ipswich

KS1858

 

LITTLEWOOD, E

 

1 Prairie, London Road, Lowestoft

KS1858

 

MARTIN, James G

 

High Street, Southwold

KS1900

 

May well be the same as James Martyn, below.

 

MARTINSON, H

 

Victoria Parade, Felixstowe

KS1896

 

MARTYN, James

 

Southwold

WS1892

 

High Street, Southwold

KS1892, KS1896

 

MASON, J Winton

 

21 St Peter's Street, Ipswich

KI1906. IDT1906/7, KS1908

 

MATTHEWS

 

Matthews (no first name or initial) is recorded by Heathcote at St Andrews Gardens, Bury, 1855. He seems quite likely to be the same as William Matthews, below.

 

MATTHEWS, William

 

Well Street, Bury

KS1858

 

45 Churchgate Street, Bury

MS1868, KS1869

 

Mentioned in a 'Bury and Norwich Post' court report, 13th May 1862. He complained of being assaulted by a fellow-photographer, William Collings, in an altercation over damage to a borrowed lens. ('He seized me by the collar, and, with his fist bent, threatened to send my teeth down my throat.')  

 

See also Matthews, above.

 

MAYHEW, Henry

 

Arcade Street, Ipswich

SI1885, WS1885

 

METCALF, Charles T

 

64 Tonning Street, Lowestoft

KS1900, IDT1906/7

 

223 London Road South, Lowestoft

KS1916

 

According to Robb/Godfrey, Metcalf and others were looked down upon by the town's established photographers (Boughton, Jenkins, Wilson), who regarded them as a mere itinerants. Wilson's daughter is reported as saying they were not 'real photographers'.

 

MILLER, John

 

Beccles & Yarmouth

WS1892

 

Station Road, Beccles

KS1892

 

An advertisement in the Beccles Paper, 6th January 1891, reads: 'Miller's Photographic Studio, Station Road. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Art Portraiture & Photography of every description.' A 'Miller' cabinet mount, referring to both Beccles and 14 King Street, Yarmouth, suggests a link between businesses and is probably evidence of a connection between John, of Beccles, and Wallace and Elizabeth, of Yarmouth (for whom, see the Norfolk directory).

 

MILLIGAN, W

 

Finborough Road, Stowmarket –

KS1900, KS1904, KS1908

 

MILLS & Palmer

 

77 Fore Street, Ipswich

KS1904, KI1906, IDT1906/7

 

MILLS & Son

 

20 Fore Street, Ipswich

KS1908, KI1909, KI1910

 

MILLS, Fitzroy John

 

45 King's Avenue, Ipswich

KS1912

 

114 London Road, Ipswich

KI1918

 

MILLS, Frederick J

 

114 London Road, Ipswich

KI1913, KI1914, KI1915

 

MILLS, William Edward

Smallgate Street, Beccles

WS1874, KS1875

 

A surviving carte by W E Mills of Beccles has a distinctly 60s-ish look, which suggests either that he ran a rather old fashioned studio, or that he may have been in business earlier than yet found in trade directories.

 

MIZON, Charles

 

Haverhill

KS1875, KS1879, WS1892

 

Hamlet Road, Haverhill

KS1883, WS1885, KS1888, KS1892

 

A carte dating from, probably, the 1880s, gives Mizon's address as High Street, Haverhill.

 

MONSON, Benjamin

 

Heathcote relates that he was born at Colchester, Essex, in 1824 and was one of four photographer brothers. A writing master, Benjamin Monson had established a studio in Colchester by 1854, using the wet collodion process. He made occasional visits to localities other than Colchester, and in August 1855 he took rooms with Mr or Mrs Ruther, confectioner, Corn Hill, Bury, for a temporary studio.

 

MONSON, Edward 

 

Falcon Street, Ipswich

KS1853

 

Heathcote relates that he was one of four photographer brothers and was born in 1822 at Colchester, Essex. He is described in KS1853 as ‘daguerreotype artist, land surveyor & writing master’. Edward Monson was the original daguerreotype licensee for Essex, and also operated for a time in parts of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. He practised at the Falcon Street studio from May 1849 to March 1853, and also set up for a short while near the marketplace in Stowmarket from April 1852. (Adamson says May 1852.) He was in Sudbury, address unknown, in July 1852. He also set up other temporary studios in Cambridgeshire, Essex, and further afield. He patented a machine for making daguerreotype plates in 1854, but also made wet collodion portraits on glass and paper. ( For the earliest known Suffolk photographer, however, see William Williams.)

 

The label on the back of a daguerreotype in the possession of Sheila Miller reads: ‘Mr E Monson, (Licensee for Essex and part of Suffolk), Daguerreotype Artist, Falcon Street, Ipswich. Directions – Hang the picture about the height of the eye, and let the top of it slant away from the wall. The objects portrayed can be most distinctly seen in a strong light.’

 

David Gobbitt draws attention to Monson's return to Ipswich in 1861, when he set up a carte de visite studio in Friars Street. He announced his intention to settle in Ipswich but later moved to Middlesex, and he had given up photography by 1871. (See also Monson v Eardley.)

 

Much additional biographical and career information about Monson can be found on Tony Copsey's 'Suffolk Painters' website.

 

MORGAN, John Thomas

 

25 Upper Brook Street, Ipswich

KS1865, MS1868

 

MORLEY, Edward

 

High Street, Mildenhall

WS1874

 

MORRIS, Edwin

 

Upper Brook Street, Ipswich

HS1864

 

According to his advertisement in HS1864, Morris offered ‘cartes de visite and portraits of all kinds executed second to none, and the cheapest in the County’.

 

MORTON, George Stephen

 

51 Upper Brook Street, Ipswich

JI1890, WS1892, KS1892, KS1896, KS1900

 

The business appears as ‘George Stephen Morton & Son’ in JI1890. He was advertising in the 'Ipswich Journal' by July 1888.

 

MOSS, George

 

Haverhill; & Sawston, Cambs

WS1892

 

54 High Street, Haverhill

KS1896, KS1900, KS1904

 

MOUNCER, A

 

Weybread

WS1892

 

MOUNT, Arthur Edgar

 

Blyburgate Street, Beccles

KS1858

 

Wellington Street, Beccles

HS1864, KS1865

 

Station Road, Beccles

KS1869 HS1873 KS1875, KS1879, KS1883 WS1885, KS1888

 

11 Station Road,Becles

WS1874

 

MOWLE, Claude 

 

Information from 'Water Marks', Ian Collins; Black Dog Books, 2010):

Mowle (1871-1950) had a photographic studio in Gorleston in the early years of the 20th century. He also worked in partnership with Kenneth Luck (1873-1935), who was a Yarmouth pier-head painter, specialising in pictures of fishing vessels. Mowle took photographs which Luck then used as guides on which to base his paintings. On occasion Mowle projected lantern slides on to board or canvas, and marked in outlines of the boats for Luck to follow.

 

MUNDAY, Peter George

 

Hoxne

KS1879

 

The address is given as 'Hoxne, Scole' in the main trade list, but appears on the addenda page as 'Hoxne, Eye'. For Munday's Yarmouth and Attleborough studios, see the Norfolk directory.

 

 

 

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