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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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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

x139849

Henry Montagu Villiers

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1860
NPG x139849

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