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W. & D. Downey

(active 1855-1940), Photographers

Artist associated with 935 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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Queen Mary; King George V

by Percy Lewis Pocock, for W. & D. Downey
bromide print
NPG x1578

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King George V

by Percy Lewis Pocock, for W. & D. Downey
bromide print
NPG x1582

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Florence Henderson

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print
NPG x18404

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Mary Kingsley

by W. & D. Downey
photogravure
NPG x19156

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Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print
NPG x28717

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Wilkinson Mathews

by W. & D. Downey
copy print
NPG x28748

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Ruth Vincent

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card
NPG x33264

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Ellis Jeffreys

by W. & D. Downey
bromide print
NPG x36104

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Marie Studholme

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print
NPG x5602

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Queen Mary

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print
NPG x6845

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King George V

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print
NPG x87209

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William Hunter Kendal (William Hunter Grimston) (Grimston); Madge Kendal

after a photograph by W. & D. Downey
lithograph, published 1883
NPG D3474

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