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W. & D. Downey

(active 1855-1940)

Artist associated with 923 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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King George V, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x138846

King George V

by W. & D. Downey, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1911
NPG x138846

Renée Mayer as Puck in 'The Sleeping Beauty Re-awakened', by W. & D. Downey - NPG x193198

Renée Mayer as Puck in 'The Sleeping Beauty Re-awakened'

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, circa 1911
NPG x193198

Thomas Howard Birley, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x9462

Thomas Howard Birley

by W. & D. Downey
bromide print, 1925
NPG x9462

Gerald Wybergh Douglas, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x159009

Gerald Wybergh Douglas

by W. & D. Downey
vintage bromide print, 1930s
NPG x159009

King George V, by Percy Lewis Pocock, for  W. & D. Downey - NPG x1577

King George V

by Percy Lewis Pocock, for W. & D. Downey
bromide print
NPG x1577

Alexander II, Emperor of Russia, after a photograph by W. & D. Downey - NPG D3408

Alexander II, Emperor of Russia

after a photograph by W. & D. Downey
stipple engraving, probably 1860s
NPG D3408

Richard Cobden, after W. & D. Downey - NPG D33665

Richard Cobden

after W. & D. Downey
wood engraving, published 15 April 1865
NPG D33665

Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd, after  W. & D. Downey - NPG D47407

Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

published by Cassell & Company, Ltd, after W. & D. Downey
chromolithograph, circa 1876-1878
NPG D47407

George Robert Canning Harris, 4th Baron Harris, by Joseph Brown, after  W. & D. Downey - NPG D17966

George Robert Canning Harris, 4th Baron Harris

by Joseph Brown, after W. & D. Downey
stipple engraving, published 1880
NPG D17966

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, by Maclure & Macdonald, after  W. & D. Downey - NPG D21542

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

by Maclure & Macdonald, after W. & D. Downey
chromolithograph, published 23 December 1882 (1868)
NPG D21542

Sir Drury Curzon Drury-Lowe, by Maclure & Macdonald, after  W. & D. Downey - NPG D35590

Sir Drury Curzon Drury-Lowe

by Maclure & Macdonald, after W. & D. Downey
chromolithograph, published 18 November 1882
NPG D35590

Algernon George Percy, 6th Duke of Northumberland, printed by Maclure & Macdonald, published by  The Pictorial World, after  W. & D. Downey - NPG D39311

Algernon George Percy, 6th Duke of Northumberland

printed by Maclure & Macdonald, published by The Pictorial World, after W. & D. Downey
chromolithograph, published 7 April 1883
NPG D39311

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Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x11980

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Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 1st Earl of Cranbrook

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print
NPG Ax15967

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Queen Alexandra

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax38604

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Isabella Darrell (née Eyre)

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax46834

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Frances M. Charlton

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax46863

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