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W. & D. Downey

(active 1855-1940)

Artist associated with 922 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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John Ruskin, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x12958

John Ruskin

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 29 June 1863
NPG x12958

William Bell Scott; John Ruskin; Dante Gabriel Rossetti, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x128797

William Bell Scott; John Ruskin; Dante Gabriel Rossetti

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, 29 June 1863
NPG x128797

John Bright, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x4311

John Bright

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, mid 1860s
NPG x4311

Sir Austen Henry Layard, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x17118

Sir Austen Henry Layard

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x17118

John Cumming, by W. & D. Downey - NPG Ax7493

John Cumming

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax7493

William Ewart Gladstone, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x5957

William Ewart Gladstone

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG x5957

William Ewart Gladstone, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x5955

William Ewart Gladstone

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG x5955

William Bell Scott; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; John Ruskin, by W. & D. Downey - NPG Ax38133

William Bell Scott; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; John Ruskin

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 29 June 1863
NPG Ax38133

Sir Frederick Peel Bt, by W. & D. Downey - NPG Ax8682

Sir Frederick Peel Bt

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax8682

Lord Clarence Edward Paget, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x12640

Lord Clarence Edward Paget

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x12640

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x11976

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x11976

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by W. & D. Downey - NPG Ax46206

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax46206

Sir George Grey, 2nd Bt, by W. & D. Downey - NPG Ax39794

Sir George Grey, 2nd Bt

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG Ax39794

Richard Cobden, by W. & D. Downey - NPG Ax46268

Richard Cobden

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG Ax46268

Sir George Grey, 2nd Bt, by W. & D. Downey - NPG Ax8564

Sir George Grey, 2nd Bt

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG Ax8564

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x46619

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x46619

Richard Cobden, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x6187

Richard Cobden

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG x6187

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x134610

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x134610

William Ewart Gladstone, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x32945

William Ewart Gladstone

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG x32945

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x26536

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1864
NPG x26536

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