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

Artist associated with 821 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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Ax16007

John Lawrence Toole

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax16007

Ax16008

Prince George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax16008

Ax16010

Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax16010

x991

John Stuart Blackie

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG x991

Ax15982

Elizabeth Nina Mary Frederica ('Liza') Lehmann (Mrs Bedford)

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15982

Ax15990

Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15990

Ax15980

J.M. Barrie

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15980

x17070

Sabine Baring-Gould

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG x17070

x4921

John Elliott Burns

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG x4921

x17360

Thomas Hardy

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, 1894
NPG x17360

x17362

Thomas Hardy

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, published 1894
NPG x17362

x20793

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII); Queen Victoria; Queen Mary; Queen Alexandra

by Percy Lewis Pocock, for W. & D. Downey
bromide print, 16 July 1894
NPG x20793

x7

Sir Arthur Herbert Dyke Acland, 13th Bt

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, published 1894
NPG x7

x26029

King George VI; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by W. & D. Downey
bromide contact print, 1896-1897
NPG x26029

Ax41027

Luis Maria Pinto, Marquess De Soveral

by W. & D. Downey
photogravure, 1897
NPG Ax41027

Ax41028

Monsieur N. Boulatzel

by W. & D. Downey
photogravure, 1897
NPG Ax41028

Ax41235

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey

by W. & D. Downey
photogravure, 1897
NPG Ax41235

Ax41251

Agnes Adela (nee Porcher), Lady Herschell

by W. & D. Downey, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897
NPG Ax41251

Ax41252

Farrer Herschell, 1st Baron Herschell

by W. & D. Downey, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897
NPG Ax41252

x197298

Miss Durkin; Constance Collier

by W. & D. Downey
collotype, circa late 1890s
NPG x197298