Victorian Photographers | London

There were quite a lot of photographs taken around London amongst the Lee sisters Cartes de Vista taken in Somerset. Can you help identify anyone?

Many of John William LEE’s aunts and uncles moved to London, as did his mother. Perhaps Eva and May’s paternal family are amongst these photographs, and even John’s mother.

Click on a name to shoot downwards and find out more about the photographer, see the portraits they took and read my thoughts on dates and who they may be (work in progress).

There were five larger photographic companies too:


Francis R Elwell MA
137 Regent Street, London W



T Fall
9 Baker Street, Portman Square, W



Robert Faulkner & Co
46 Kensington Garden Square, Westbourne Grove, Bayswater W, London



Finch Bros
214 Marylebone Road, NW



Finlayson
62 Piccadilly, W



C Halpen
22 Newman Street, Oxford St, W.



Hellis & Sons
Various London addresses



E R Kingsbury
Albert Gate Studio, 45 St George’s Place, opposite the Church, Knightsbridge, London



Charles Koenig
373 Edgware Road, Maida Vale, Paddington, nearly opposite Princess St



Mr Mumby
Gothic House, 22 Mortimer Street, Cavendish Square



W New
143 Brompton Road, 4 Doors west of Queen Street



Henry T Reed
16 Tottenham Court Road, London



W Shawcross
Rembrandt Studio, Spital Street, Guildford, Surrey

The back card design by Marion was sold to many studios and used around 1888-1894.



Stuart Brothers
Photographers, Established 1854
47 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London



A & G Taylor
153 Regent Street, London W

A & G Taylor had branches all over England, so this portrait could even have come from Bristol rather than London.



Rowland Taylor
Maida Hill Studio, 369 Edgeware Road, near The Canal Bridge, London W



T Taylor
Soho Studio, 405 Oxford Street, one door from Soho Bazaar



W Wilson
95 Harrow Road, Paddington Green, London

The back card design by Marion was sold to many studios and used between 1888-1894. As Joseph wasn’t born until 1879 this would date the photograph to about 1894.



British & Foreign Copying Company
102 Fleet Street



The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
110 & 108 Regent Street and 54 Cheapside



The Parisian Photographic Company
1 Orchard St, Portman Square, London



Victoria Photographic Studio, A Schell
15 Stockbridge Terrace, Pimlico, London, opposite the Victoria Station



The West End Photographic Company, Frederick James (Manager)
226 Oxford Street, between Quebec St & Portman St



“Mrs Schuster at home at Roehampton”
June 15th 4 to 7
11 Upper Belgrave Street


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