|Arthur Henry James Hall was born
in 1847 at Wooden Box (later Woodville), Derbyshire, second child (and
eldest son) of potter James Hall (1814-1888) and his wife Sarah
née Rix (1816-1863). After attending St Stephen's Daily
& Sunday School in Woodville, he became a pupil teacher, and then a
clerk at one of the collieries in the Church Gresley-Swadlincote
area. Arthur Hall married Annie Cooper at Manchester in 1872, and
they lived successively in the villages of Swadlincote, Newhall and
Stanton. In 1878 they moved to Annie's home parish of Holloway,
in London, moving again in the 1880s to Tottenham. They had two
sons and two daughters.
Hall is not listed in any known trade directories or lists of Derbyshire photographers. The carte de visite of Disraeli shown below was probably copied from an 1860s portrait by a better known studio in the early 1870s, when James Hall was living in Swadlincote. It is not yet known whether Hall produced any portraits of his own.
by Arthur Hall of Swadlincote
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1860s and copied c. 1870-1874
Image © & courtesy of Claire Casey
Notes: Inscribed "Disraeli 5d" in pencil
on the reverse.
Images kindly provided by Claire Casey
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Church Gresley, Swadlincote & Newhall Parish Registers
Bagshaw (1846) History, Gazetteer and Directory of Derbyshire. Collection of Brett Payne.
Anon (1855) The Post Office Directory of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
White, F. & Co. (1857) History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Derby. Transcribed by Neil Wilson.
Harrison, Harrod & Co. (1860) Directory and Gazetteer of Derbyshire, London.
Anon (1870) Harrod & Co.'s Postal & Commercial Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Staffordshire. - from University of Leicester - Digital Library of Historical Directories.
Wright C.N. (1874) Directory of South Derbyshire, Third Edition, October 1874, Derby.
Anon (1881) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley.