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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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x36110

James Fleming

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, circa 1891
NPG x36110

x7001

Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 1st Earl of Cranbrook

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, after 1891
NPG x7001

Ax15893

Father Ignatius (Joseph Leycester Lyne)

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15893

Ax15895

Madame Nordica (Lillian Nordica)

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15895

Ax15916

Madge Kendal

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15916

x197571

Princess Helena Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, before 1891
NPG x197571

Ax15978

Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15978

Ax16009

Tommy Docherty

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax16009

Ax15976

Henry Arthur Jones

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15976

Ax15977

Henry Morley

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15977

Ax15981

Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15981

Ax15983

Sir Sydney Hedley Waterlow, 1st Bt

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15983

Ax15984

Hermann Adler

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15984

Ax15986

Edward Charles Robson Roose

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15986

Ax15987

Queen Mary when Princess Mary of Teck

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15987

Ax15988

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15988

Ax15989

Julia Emilie Neilson as Drusilla Ives in 'The Dancing Girl'

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15989

Ax15991

Julia Mary (née Lethbridge), Lady Carew

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15991

Ax15992

John Stuart Blackie

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15992

Ax15993

Sir (Thomas Henry) Hall Caine

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax15993