avid Barron has sent in these classic studio portraits, in the hope that someone can provide some information that might lead to identification of exactly who the subjects are, and when they were taken.
David believes that the photographers' subjects are all family ancestors - members of the Magson family.
There are various aspects of these images that we could look at, such as the clothing that they wore - can anyone identify the period they were taken from the style of their attire?
Or maybe the studio names hold some significance? This first portrait on the left was taken by a photographer known as "Horace Gurr", in Hood Street, Coventry.
This next image was captured by Ward in Broadgate, and labelled a "Maule Photo". Does anyone know when these studios were in operation? Any clues will be gratefully received. To me, this looks like an older picture, possibly late Victorian?
The last of these (below) is a family portrait, and David is certain that the young chap above is the same person standing at the back of the family group. My guess would be some time around the turn of the century, but does anyone know more....?
He has other photos, too, and if it's of any help, among them were photos by the "London and Coventry Photo Co." and "Hadlow Studio". I can find none of these listed in the Warwickshire Business Directory of 1914 - does this indicate that they're all earlier than this?
Once again, Vic Terry has supplied some sterling information that helps us on our way. Over several years Vic has compiled various lists relating to Coventry, and now he wishes to share his findings to help solve the photographic conundrums on this page.
|H. Gurr 1896-98||15 Hood Street|
|Maule & Co 1896-1912||27 Hertford Street|
|L. Ward 1911-12||52 Smithford Street|
|Ward Studios 1912-20||52 Smithford Street|
|Thos Hadlow 1903-5||15 Hood Street (Late Mentor & Co)|
|Thos Hadlow 1907||Norton Street|
|London & Coventry 1893||Studio: 1 Norton St (Late Dew & Co) - Photographic 1905 Jesson Street|
As we can deduce, the first photograph, by Horace Gurr, can now be conveniently narrowed down to a short period between 1896 and 1898. All the photos, in fact, appear to have been taken within a few years of the turn of the century.
Thanks again Vic for your help!