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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Erasmus Foster Bostock

of Macklin Street, Derby & Nottingham

Erasmus Bostock operated a studio in partnership with Carr at Macklin Street, Derby briefly in the 1880s before becoming a schools photographer by the early 1890s.  He later moved to Nottingham, where he operated a studio until a least 1913.

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Erasmus Foster Bostock was born about 1858 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, son of a teacher Thomas Bostock (c1829-), originally from Derby.

In 1881 (Kelly) Erasmus was operating a studio together with a photographer named Carr (possibly Charles Carr) at 8 Macklin Street, Derby, although still living with his parents at 12 Kensington Street, Derby St. Werburgh (Census).    Erasmus Bostock married Hannah Hughes (born c1862) at Derby in 1883, and had two children, Erasmus James (born c1884) and Eveline Mabel (born c1889).  In April 1891 (Census) the family were living at 102 Drewry Lane, Derby St. Werburgh.

The school photograph shown below, taken in the early 1890s, suggests that by that time Bostock was operating on his own as a "Photographer of Schools, &c.".  By 1895 Charles Carr, too, had his own studio at 39 Babington Lane, Derby.  The census of April 1901 shows Erasmus Bostock living and working as a photographer in Nottingham, and later directories show him as a photographer at 24 Moorgate Street (1904) and 32 Maples Street (1913-1914) in that city.


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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified elderly man with beard
by Mr. Erasmus Bostock of Macklin St., Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1880-1885

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 63 x 103.5 mm Photo 54.5 x 88 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

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Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir
Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir
School photograph, including Harriet May Grace (31 May 1882-30 May 1933) at 2nd from right in back row, taken by Erasmus Bostock of Derby, c. 1891
Format: Unknown
Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir
Notes: Harriet May Grace married William "Bill" Bresser.  She appears to be about the age of  9 or 10 years old in this photo, which would imply that the photograph was taken in the early 1890s.

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by Erasmus Bostock of 24 Moorgate St., Nottingham
Undated, but probably taken c. 1901-1906

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 63 x 105 mm Photo 57 x 91.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

References
Images provided by Brett Payne & Barry Muir
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
Anon (1881) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1895) History, Topography, and Directory of Derbyshire, T. Bulmer & Co. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith
Anon (1904) Kelly's Directory of Nottinghamshire. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1913-1914) Wright's Directory of Nottingham. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Craven, Maxwell (ed.)(1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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