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William Henry Southwell cartes-de-visite


1 Portrait in set

The Southwell Brothers comprised the partnership between William (1823–70), Frederick (1833–83) and Edwin (1840–82) Southwell. They established their joint venture in 1862 at the height of the carte-de-visite’s popularity. The sons of a piano maker, the eldest two brothers followed their father’s trade before William opened a photographic studio in London at 16 Baker Street in about 1857. Early royal patronage ensured a further distinguished clientele that was made up of the aristocracy, politicians, clergy and members of the theatrical profession. Success continued with two further studios opening at 22 Baker Street in 1862 and 64a New Bond Street in 1867. Their reported daily earnings averaged between £70 and £100.

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Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse, by William Henry Southwell, published by  Thomas McLean & Co - NPG Ax131376

Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse

by William Henry Southwell, published by Thomas McLean & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG Ax131376