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Edward Lyddell Sawyer

(1856-1927)

Artist associated with 12 portraits
At the age of sixteen Sawyer was responsible for the work of a busy and important photography studio in Newcastle. He had previously had experience in operating other of the family's branches; his father was a portrait painter and designer as well as a photographer. In 1885 he set up his own business in Newcastle and was joined by his two brothers. Ten years later he opened a portrait studio on Regent Street, London. His greatest interest was always in the art of photography rather than its commercial aspects.

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Winston Churchill, by Edward Lyddell Sawyer - NPG P705

Winston Churchill

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer
albumen print, 1901
NPG P705

Sir Henry Irving as Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice', by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax137399

Sir Henry Irving as Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice'

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, published after 1901 (1879)
NPG Ax137399

Sir Henry Irving, by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax137405

Sir Henry Irving

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1879?, published after 1901
NPG Ax137405

Sir Henry Irving as Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice', by Virtue & Co, after  Edward Lyddell Sawyer - NPG x17924

Sir Henry Irving as Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice'

by Virtue & Co, after Edward Lyddell Sawyer
photogravure, 1879
NPG x17924

Frances Earle, by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by  Ogden's - NPG x193102

Frances Earle

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by Ogden's
bromide cigarette card, published circa 1896-1900
NPG x193102

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by  Ogden's - NPG x197004

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by Ogden's
halftone cigarette card, published 1900s
NPG x197004

Florence Eliza Collingbourne as Nancy Staunton in 'Toreador', by Edward Lyddell Sawyer - NPG x136556

Florence Eliza Collingbourne as Nancy Staunton in 'Toreador'

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 10 July 1901
NPG x136556

Edward Arthur Dunn, by Edward Lyddell Sawyer - NPG x159016

Edward Arthur Dunn

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer
vintage print, late 1910s
NPG x159016

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Vera Beringer

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer
postcard print, late 1880s
NPG x761

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Esmé Beringer

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by Raphael Tuck & Sons
hand-coloured matte bromide postcard print, circa 1904
NPG x198189

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Nicholas Edwin Sawyer

15 March 2016, 07:35

Edward Lyddell Sawyer's middle name was officially Liddell named after his maternal grandmother's maiden name. He adopted the pseudonym "Lyd" on many of his portraits probably because that is what he was called by name, and Lyd is more distinctive than Lid. I am related to Lyd as I am descended from his uncle George Edward Sawyer, who was one of three brothers. George, Edward and Henry. Both Edward and Henry were photographers. Edward was Lyd's father.

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