Brown, Barnes & Bell

Studios and Dates

 

Studios

'Largest Photographers in the World'

Brown, Barns & Bell had studios in Edinburgh from 1881 to 1886.

They described themselves as  'Art Photographers and Portrait Painters'.

On the backs of some of their later photos, they described themselves as the largest photographers in the world.  They listed patents in:

Great Britain

Canada

America

France

Germany

Belgium

Russia

Italy

Austria

 

Cabinet Prints and Cartes de Visite

Their British studios listed on the backs of their photos changed from year to year as old studios closed and new ones opened.  The list of studios that appear on the back of an individual cabinet print or carte de visite can be used to estimate the approximate date when the photo would have been taken.  See:

Cabinet Print and Carte de Visite backs.

Studios throughout Britain

Here are dates, so far as I have been able to discover, when Brown, Barnes & Bell's studios in Britain operated.

These dates are taken mainly from the literature listed in this bibliography, but supplemented by details provided by Ron Cosens using directories and cartes de visite from his own collection.

Ron has a large collection of cartes de visite and cabinet prints and has set up this Carte de Visite web site.

Key to Column 3

All dates in this column are approximate. 

 +   These dates are based entirely on cartes de visite that have been seen, rather than entries in trade directories, so these periods in particular may well be incomplete.

++  The trade directories show Brown, Barnes & Bell based at 1 Hanover Street, 1881-86, but cartes de visite from the company at this address, dated 1887 and '88, have also been seen.

The trade directories show John Duncan Smith, a member of Edinburgh Photographic Society and a former employee of Brown, Barnes & Bell, as being the photographer based at 1 Hanover Street for 1877-78.  Perhaps he took over some time in 1877. Perhaps he used some of the old stock of Brown, Barnes & Bell's carte de visite cards.

Birmingham

86 New Street

1881 - 1885+

Bootle

Durham Hall, 96 Derby Road

1877 - 1882

Bootle

96 Derby Road

1877 - 1882

Bradford

44 Kirkgate

1881 - 1883

Bradford

Chapel Street

1887

Burnley

28 Bridge Street

1883 - 1887

Carlisle

?

1887 - 1888+

Edinburgh

1   Hanover Street

1881 - 1886++

Glasgow

132 & 134 West Nile Street

1881 - 1886

Hanley

4 Parliament Row

1879 - 1880

Hanley

30 & 32 Broad Street

1879 - 1885

Lancaster

New Market Street

1882

Hull

?

1881 - 1885+

Leeds

1 Commercial Street

1881 - 1888

Leeds

5 Oxford Row

1879+

Liverpool

31a Bold Street

31 Bold Street on one of his photos.

1877 - 1890

Liverpool

87 Lord Street

1877 - 1893

Liverpool

34 Castle Street

1877 - 1886

Liverpool

66 Mount Pleasant

1881 - 1887

Liverpool

35 Bold Street

1921 - 1931

Liverpool

29a Bold Street

1932 - 1933

Liverpool

Royal Studio

1891 - 1900

Liverpool

66 Mount Pleasant

1881 - 1887

London

220 & 222 Regent Street

1880 - 1885

London

62 Cheapside

1881 - 1889

London

12 Baker Street, Portman Sq

1886 - 1901

Manchester

22 S Annís Square

1879 - 1884

Manchester

32 Victoria Street

1885 - 1895

Manchester

344, Moss Lane East

1900 - 1902

Manchester

142 Alexander Road

1903

Middlesburgh

?

1881 - 1885+

Newcastle on Tyne

43 Grey Street

1881 - 1888

Newport, Mon.

?

1881 - 18885+

Nottingham

11.5Exchange Walk

1881 - 1886

Nottingham

4 (or 6?) Greyhound Street

1881 - 1886

Ormskirk

Railway Road

?

Rochester, Kent

 

1881 - 1882+

Southport

34 Neville Street

1877+

Wigan

30 Standishgate

1881 - 1885

Wigan

60 Standishgate

1881 - 1882

Wrexham

Hope Street

1879 - 1880+

Wrexham

Westminster Studio

?

 

The addresses and dates above have been used to find an approximate date for the Brown, Barnes & Bell cartes de visite and cabinet prints below.

1880                       1881-82                    1881-82

    The back of a carte de visite by Brown Barnes & Bell  -  approx 1880 ©     The back of a carte de visite by Brown Barnes & Bell  -  approx 1881-82 ©     The back of a cabinet print by Brown Barnes & Bell  -  approx 1881-82 ©

 1883                        1884                         1886                        When?

   The back of a carte de visite by Brown Barnes & Bell  -  approx 1883 ©    The back of a carte de visite by Brown Barnes & Bell  -  approx 1883 ©     The back of a cabinet print by Brown Barnes & Bell  -  approx 1886 ©     The back of a cabinet print by Brown Barnes & Bell  -  with labels from a Star Line cruise  -   date not known ©

 

 

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