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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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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
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