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W. & D. Downey (active 1855-1940)

Artist associated with 853 portraits
William Downey set up the company with his brother Daniel. They opened their first studio in 1863 on Eldon Square, Newcastle. In 1872 William moved to London to open a studio on Ebury Street, while his brother continued to look after the Newcastle branch. Among Queen Victoria's favourite photographers, the firm photographed at Balmoral and Frogmore throughout the late 1860s, particularly for the Prince of Wales. Their carte-de-visite portrait of the Princess of Wales with Princess Louise was one of the most popular ever issued, with sales of 300,000. William Downey's son, William Edward Downey, acted as operator for most royal sittings of the Edwardian era.

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P22(2)

Group of fifteen, including Queen Victoria

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 25 May 1868
NPG P22(2)

P22(3)

The Gillies Ball, 1868

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 25 May 1868
NPG P22(3)

P22(8)

Princess Beatrice of Battenberg

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1868
NPG P22(8)

P22(4)

John Brown; Queen Victoria

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1868
NPG P22(4)

P22(9)

John Brown

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1868
NPG P22(9)

P22(5)

King Edward VII

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1868
NPG P22(5)

P22(25)

John Grant

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1868
NPG P22(25)

P429

Thomas Henry Huxley

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, 1890 or before
NPG P429

P1700(2a)

King George V; Queen Mary

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 6 July 1893
NPG P1700(2a)

P1700(24b)

Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1893
NPG P1700(24b)

P1700(8a)

Christening group

by Percy Lewis Pocock, for W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 16 July 1894
NPG P1700(8a)

P1700(14d)

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1895
NPG P1700(14d)

P1700(57b)

Queen Mary

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1901
NPG P1700(57b)

P1700(61a)

Queen Alexandra

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 9 August 1902
NPG P1700(61a)

P1700(62a)

King Edward VII

possibly by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 9 August 1902
NPG P1700(62a)

P1700(73b)

Ito Hirobumi

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1904 or before
NPG P1700(73b)

P1700(81d)

Royal group in the Crimson Drawing-Room at Windsor Castle

by William Edward Downey, for W. & D. Downey, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage postcard print, 17 November 1907
NPG P1700(81d)

P420

King Edward VII

attributed to W. & D. Downey
sepia-toned platinum print, 1908
NPG P420

x19150

John Alexander Kinglake

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa mid-late 1850s
NPG x19150

x76001

Henry Letheby

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x76001

Ax8651

Frederick Doulton

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax8651

x13263

Charles Pelham Villiers

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x13263

Ax8666

Charles Pelham Villiers

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax8666

x12861

John Arthur Roebuck

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG x12861

x12611

Thomas O'Hagan, 1st Baron O'Hagan

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x12611

x21665

George Percy, 5th Duke of Northumberland

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1860
NPG x21665

Ax27478

Kate Josephine Bateman

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax27478

Ax38651

Edward Harold Browne

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax38651

Ax39818

Norman Macleod

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax39818

Ax39899

Sinico

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite
NPG Ax39899

Ax39909

Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax39909

Ax8568

Thomas Edward Taylor

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax8568

Ax8627

Spencer Horatio Walpole

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax8627

x241

Kate Josephine Bateman

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x241

x29780

Queen Mary

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print
NPG x29780

x4734

Edward Harold Browne

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG x4734

x87210

Queen Mary

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print
NPG x87210

Ax39932

John Baldwin Buckstone

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax39932

x6424

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1880s (December 1862)
NPG x6424

x45950

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, December 1862
NPG x45950

x131297

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, December 1862
NPG x131297

Ax38169

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, mid-late 1870s? (December 1862)
NPG Ax38169

Ax29654

Henry Edward Manning

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, mid 1860s
NPG Ax29654

Ax29680

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax29680

Ax14797

John Ruskin

by William Downey, for W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 29 June 1863
NPG Ax14797

Ax17735

Richard Cobden

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG Ax17735

Ax18366

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax18366

Ax18368

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax18368

Ax18240

Sir Austen Henry Layard

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax18240

Ax18252

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax18252

Ax11938

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax11938