Directory of Early Photographers in Northamptonshire, D - F
DAVIES, A J
DAVIS, John Frederick
Listed as ‘artist, photographic and miniature’.
DENNY, John Love
DEXTER, Walter S
Walter Sothern Dexter, a member of the Dexter family of photographers of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, was working in his parents' Lynn studio by 1871. He set up his own studio in Wellingborough some time in the first half of the 1870s and was still there at the time of the 1881 census. But he returned to Lynn in May 1881 to take over the family business. Further information about the Dexter operations can be found in the Norfolk and Suffolk studio directories.
DI VILLA, Felix M
A member of a Woolwich family of photographers, Doran subsequently set up business in Whitby, Yorkshire. Further information can be found in ‘Whitby Photographers – Their lives and their photographs from the 1840s’ by Ruth Wilcock (Towlard Publications, 2011).
DORTON & Co
DOWNES, Taylor &
Active in Peterborough as postcard publishers (but not necessarily photographers) in the early years of the 20th century.
DRAYCOTT, John Arthur
KN 1903 and TC 1905/6 add ‘Ltd’. In LN 1906 and LN 1907, J Mills (q.v.), operating at 11 Gold Street, is referred to as ‘late Draycott Ltd’.
DRAYCOTT, Brown &
‘Photographic portrait taker, draper’. Heathcote records that he was originally a miniature painter with a practice in London’s Regent Street. His first photographic venture seems to have been in Taunton, Devon, in 1852. His first visit to Northampton was in 1853 and he returned for a further season in October 1854, staying until some time in 1855. His studio (on the second occasion, and possibly on the first) was at Mrs Cooley’s in Mercers’ Row, opposite the Post Office. There appears to have been a third visit to the town a year later, for an advertisement in the 'Northampton Mercury' of July 5th 1856 - giving his address as 'Drapery' - offers 'Collodian (sic), Talbotype and Oil Photographs taken in a style unexcelled by any Artist in England'. In later years he exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy and opened a photographic gallery in Oxford Street, London.
DUDLEY, Horace H
The KN 1906 entries are on separate lines, and so could conceivably refer to two different photographers.
TC 1918 adds: ‘also lanternist & cinematographist’.
EASTMID Photography Studio
Listed as ‘Eastmid & Co Ltd’ in KN 1903. See also the entries for A Macworth and H Marriott.
ECLIPSE Photo Co
ELITE Photographic Co
KN 1914 adds ‘George Evans proprietor’.
ELKINGTON, Amos Charles
See also F Elkinston, below, with whom a family link is suspected.
‘Elkinston’ looks as if it could be a misspelling of ‘Elkington – or vice versa.
See Elite Photographic Co.
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