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William Downey (1829-1915), Photographer

Artist associated with 3 portraits
William Downey, a carpenter from South Shields, originally set up the company W. & D. Downey with his brother Daniel, previously a bookmaker. They opened their first studio in 1863 on Eldon Square, Newcastle. In 1872 William Downey moved to London to open a studio on Ebury Street, while his brother continued to look after the Newcastle branch. One of Queen Victoria's favourite photographers, he also filmed the Queen at Balmoral in 1896. His son, William Edward Downey, acted as operator for most of the important royal sittings of the Edwardian era.

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Ax16146

Princess Beatrice of Battenberg

by William Downey, for W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, 1885, published 1893
NPG Ax16146

x79

Mary Anderson as Juliet; Mary Anne ('Fanny') Stirling as the Nurse in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by William Downey, for W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, circa 1885, published 1890
NPG x79

Ax14725

Mary Anderson as Juliet; Mary Anne ('Fanny') Stirling as the Nurse in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by William Downey, for W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890 (circa 1885)
NPG Ax14725