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E.H. Mills

(1874-1942), Photographer

Ernest Herbert ('E.H.') Mills

Artist associated with 54 portraits
As a photographer based in Hampstead, London, Ernest Herbert Mills specialised in working on location as an 'at home photographer'. Working for W.T. Stead, he photographed Cecil Rhodes, General Botha and Andrew Carnegie as well as taking a celebrated series of Royal Academicians in their studios in 1902. Mills described himself as an 'artist-entertainer' and produced theatre posters, cartoons and caricatures of subjects that he also photographed. In the 1930s he moved to Worthing, where he drew cartoons and painted as well as constructing toy theatres and making cartoon films.

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Queen Mary; King George V, by E.H. Mills, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x196853

Queen Mary; King George V

by E.H. Mills, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x196853

William Thomas Stead, by E.H. Mills - NPG x134965

William Thomas Stead

by E.H. Mills
platinum print, published 1912
NPG x134965

(William) Bramwell Booth, by E.H. Mills, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x136359

(William) Bramwell Booth

by E.H. Mills, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, circa 1912
NPG x136359

Florence Eleanor Booth (née Soper); (William) Bramwell Booth, by E.H. Mills, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x197592

Florence Eleanor Booth (née Soper); (William) Bramwell Booth

by E.H. Mills, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1912
NPG x197592

Marie Hall, after E.H. Mills - NPG x138116

Marie Hall

after E.H. Mills
cigarette card, published 1914
NPG x138116

David Lloyd George, by E.H. Mills, published by  Raphael Tuck & Sons - NPG x197810

David Lloyd George

by E.H. Mills, published by Raphael Tuck & Sons
postcard print, circa 1916
NPG x197810

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Sir Arthur Wing Pinero

by E.H. Mills
photogravure
NPG x12460

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Thomas Power O'Connor

by E.H. Mills
postcard print
NPG x12610

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Horace William Petherick

by E.H. Mills
bromide print
NPG x21771

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Horace William Petherick

by E.H. Mills
bromide print
NPG x21772

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Catherine Hayden

23 January 2019, 12:48

E H Mills was born in Wellingborough Northants. He was the son of William Folkes Mills who was an ironmonger although in later years he described himself as 'artist'. One of William's brothers (Edward Mills) and therefore Ernest's uncle, was a professional artist who exhibited 12 times in the Royal Academy Summer exhibition between the years 1893 and 1918. Ernest described himself as 'artist' in the 1891 census when he was only 16 although the enumerator wrote 'photographer' over it - Ernest clearly had no doubt about the artistry of the photographic medium.

I'm delighted to have learnt more about him from this website.

Jan Buch

02 May 2018, 12:58

Do you know anything about E.H. Mills library and bibliophile interests? I have a complete set of the auction catalogues from the famous Hamilton Palace Library sales in the 1880ties. There is a simple ex libris in gold on a black background just saying: Ex Libris E. H. Mills. I cannot promise, that there might not have been another E.H.Mills. He must have been a bibliophile to have a complete set of Sotheby's auction catalogues from this famous auction.

Kind regards

Dr. Jan Buch
Chairman of the Danish Bibliophile Club

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