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

Artist associated with 874 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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x1584

Queen Victoria

by Percy Lewis Pocock, for W. & D. Downey
glass positive, 1890s
NPG x1584

Ax197505

Prince George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, circa 1890
NPG Ax197505

Ax15898

Briton Riviere

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15898

Ax15908

Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15908

Ax15892

Henry Hawkins, Baron Brampton

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15892

Ax15894

Charles Arthur Russell, 1st Baron Russell of Killowen

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15894

Ax15896

Algernon Borthwick, 1st Baron Glenesk

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15896

Ax15897

Princess Helena Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15897

Ax15899

Wilson Barrett (William Henry Barrett)

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15899

Ax15900

Edwin Abbott Abbott

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15900

Ax15901

Ada Rehan

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15901

Ax15902

(Francis) Bret Harte (Francis Brett Hart)

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15902

Ax15903

Sir Robert Stawell Ball

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15903

Ax15904

Theresa Susey Helen (née Talbot), Marchioness of Londonderry

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15904

Ax15905

George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15905

Ax15906

Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15906

Ax15907

Agnes Huntington

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15907

Ax15909

William Boyd Carpenter

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15909

Ax15910

Emily Faithfull

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15910

Ax15911

Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax15911

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