James Audus

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James Audus

by Alfred Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 11 December 1861
3 5/8 in. x 2 1/4 in. (92 mm x 56 mm) image size
Given by Public appeal, 1973
Photographs Collection
NPG x1552

Sitterback to top

  • James Audus (1781-1867), Amateur architect and philanthropist. Sitter in 1 portrait.

Artistback to top

  • Alfred Brothers (1826-1912), Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 7 portraits.

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Current affairs

Death of Prince Albert, from typhoid fever. Queen Victoria goes into a long period of mourning, withdrawing from public duties, and becomes known by the satirical title 'Widow of Windsor'.

Art and science

Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management is published by her husband Sidney, who successfully maintained the Beeton brand after his wife's early death seven years later. The highly popular book, containing recipes and advice for housekeeping, appealed to the Victorian belief that a woman's role was managing the home.
Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company is founded, marking the start of the arts and crafts movement.


The American civil war begins after the Confederate army attacks Union forces at Fort Sumter in April. The Confederates, comprised of eleven southern states who seceded from the Union over the right to independence on issues such as abolition, are presided over by Jefferson Davis, formerly senator of Mississippi. Although the Union had early successes, the Confederates' victory at Bull Run sets the Union up for a long, four-year war.

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Rick Barker

19 September 2016, 15:15

If this identification is correct, as seems likely, the subject is Mr James Audus of Selby, Yorkshire, 1781-1867. His obituary in The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 18 May 1867, seen on Find My Past, states that "he has filled every office of honour and responsibility in the town of Selby...." Audus was "Mr Selby". In business he was a shipowner when Selby was a port, and also had interests in the developments of the railways. He built "The Crescent" of houses near Selby Abbey.