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W. & D. Downey

(active 1855-1940)

Artist associated with 888 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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Thomas Henry Huxley

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, 1890 or before
NPG x134498

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Queen Victoria

by Percy Lewis Pocock, for W. & D. Downey
glass positive, 1890s
NPG x1583

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Queen Victoria

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

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Prince George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge

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

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Briton Riviere

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

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Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein

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

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Henry Hawkins, Baron Brampton

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

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Charles Arthur Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen

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

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Algernon Borthwick, 1st Baron Glenesk

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

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Princess Helena Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein

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

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Wilson Barrett (William Henry Barrett)

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

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Edwin Abbott Abbott

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

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Ada Rehan

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

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(Francis) Bret Harte (Francis Brett Hart)

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

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Sir Robert Stawell Ball

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

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Theresa Susey Helen (née Talbot), Marchioness of Londonderry

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

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George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier

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

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Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale

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

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Agnes Huntington

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

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William Boyd Carpenter

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

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