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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Edward Montague Treble

of East Street, Derby

E. Montague Treble trained as a photographer in the 1890s, working at studios in London and Worcestershire, before purchasing Dereské's East Street studio in Derby around 1912.  He worked from there until at least the mid-1920s.

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Edward Montague Treble was born at Hastings, Sussex in about 1869, the youngest son of Frederick Treble (b. c1830 Middlesex), an artist and photographer, who during his career operated photographic studios in Nottingham, Yeovil, Salisbury, Hastings, London, Brighton and Norwich.  Edward became a photographer at a fairly young age and was working as that at 27a Cripley Road, St Thomas, Oxfordshire in April 1891.  He married Kate French (born c. 1878 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent) at Tunbridge in Kent in 1896, and moved to Yardley, Worcestershire, where he was working as a photographer's manager in April 1901.

According to Craven (1993), E.M. Treble bought Dereské's studio in around 1912.  However, the addresses given for their respective premises are slightly different - Dereské was at 36 East Street, while Treble's studio is shown as being at number 39.  Trade Directory entries show that Treble operated until at least 1926-27.

Edward's older brother Charles Frederick Treble (born in 1857 at Coventry) also became a photographer, with several studios in London, Norwich and Great Yarmouth, as shown in the examples below.

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Unidentified young man
by C.F. Treble of 170 Victoria Street, Belgravia S.W.
Undated, probably taken in the late 1880s
Format: Carte de visite
Size:  Mount 64 x 103.5 mm Photo 60 x 90.5 mm

Unidentified older man
by Treble of Brixton
Undated
Format: Silver gelatin print on stiff card
Size:  96.5 x 151 mm & 99 x 151 mm
Negative Nos. 41008 & 41008B
Notes: Left hand photo has "Harry Hornsby" inscribed on the reverse
Unidentified older woman
by Treble of Brixton
Undated
Format: Silver gelatin print on stiff card
Size:  99.5 x 156 mm
Negative No. 41009B
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Unidentified young woman
by Charles F. Treble of 371a Brixton Road S.W.
Undated, probably taken in the early 1890s
Format: Carte de visite
Size:  Mount 63.5 x 104.5 mm Photo 60.5 x 91.5 mm
Negative No. 6820
Unidentified young woman
by C.F. Treble of Brixton & Belgravia
Undated, probably taken in the early 1890s
Format: Cabinet card
Size:  Mount 109.5 x 167.5 mm Photo 101.5 x 149.5 mm
Negative No. 11959

Portfolio
Images © Paul Ogdon and & courtesy of John Palmer Mrs Walker Taylor "Mother of Frank Taylor",
by E. Montague Treble
taken at Dereské Studio, Derby, date unknown (after 1912?)
Size: 5" x 6" (Note: top of mounting has been cut off)

Images © Paul Ogdon and & courtesy of John Palmer

Nothing further is known about this photograph.
 
 
 
Images © Paul Ogdon and & courtesy of John Palmer


Images © & courtesy of Tristan Martin Amelia Platts, taken at Derby by E.M. Treble, in 1912
Format: Post Card

Images © & courtesy of Tristan Martin
Web site

"Treble Derby" is embossed in the bottom right hand corner of the photo.


Images © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Arthur Latham
by Treble of Derby,
Undated, but postmarked 7 Sep 1912, and probably taken c.1912
Format: Post Card
Size: Card 89.5 x 140 mm Photo 81 x 130 mm

Images © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock


Notes: see Photo-Sleuth article
Images © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Images © & courtesy of Brett Payne Mary Chadwick (aged about 3) with book and doll,
by E.M. Treble of Derby,
Undated but probably taken c. 1915
Format: Post Card

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"Treble Derby" is embossed in the bottom right hand corner of the photo.

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Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison Harold Victor Payne (1898-1921)
by Treble of Derby
Undated
, but probably taken c.1915
Format: Post Card
Size: 85.5 x 136 mm

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison
Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison

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Images © & courtesy of Brett Payne
The Chadwick family: Robert Nathan Chadwick (b. c.1871), Ella "Bay" Chadwick (born c.Nov 1916; about 1 year-old), Lucy Mary "Mag" Chadwick née Payne (1876-1953) and Mary Chadwick (born c.Nov 1912; aged about 4 years),
by E.M. Treble of Derby,
Undated but probably taken in 1917
Format: Post Card

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"E.M. Treble Derby" has been written on the negative, leaving the words in white in the bottom left hand corner of the photo.


Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Margaret (Peggie) McAuslan, youngest daughter of Norman and Louisa McAuslan, taken by E.M. Treble of Derby, c. 1916-1920
Size: 138mm x 189mm (but has been cut to fit a frame)

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Portrait is signed "E.M. Treble, Derby" in the bottom right hand corner.  Label on reverse has been cut, but shows ".. Montague Treble at Dereske Studio, Derby."
 

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Doris Hill who married Keith Dixon, taken by E.M. Treble of Derby, Date unknown but possibly c. 1918
Format: Postcard

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

"Treble Derby" is embossed in the bottom right hand corner of the photo.

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison Harold Victor Payne (1898-1921)
by Treble of Derby
Undated
, but probably taken c.1916-1917
Format: Post Card
Size: 85.5 x 139 mm

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison

Notes: Another print of this portrait has the inscription on the reverse, "To Dear Les Best love from your Big Brother Harold - Will write soon."
Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison Harold Victor Payne (1898-1921)
by Treble of Derby
Undated, but probably taken c.1916-1917

Format: Post Card
Size: 87 x 138 mm

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison
Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne Harold Victor Payne (1898-1921)
by Treble of Derby
Dated July 1918

Format: Post Card
Size: 89 x 137 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

This studio portrait was one of several in postcard format taken of Harold shortly before he departed for France with the Tank Corps.  "Treble Derby" is blind stamped in the bottom right hand corner of the photo.

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Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison Harold Victor Payne (1898-1921)
by Treble of Derby
Dated 20th June 1918

Format: Post Card
Size: 88 x 138 mm

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison
Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified mother and two children
by Treble of Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1918

Format: Post Card
Size: 138 x 86 mm

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified child
by Treble of Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1918

Format: Post Card
Size: 86 x 137.5 mm

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References
Images kindly provided by Barbara Ellison, Cynthia Maddock, Robert Silverwood, Paul Ogdon, Tristan Martin and Brett Payne
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 (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Anon (1917) Chesterfield Year Book & Directory for 1917, Printed by The Derbyshire Courier, Chesterfield, Dec 1916 - by kind courtesy of Rita Effnert
Anon (1927) Midland Counties of England Trades' Directory 1926-27, Trades' Directories, Limited, Edinburgh
Anon (1932) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1932, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
John Palmer's Wirksworth Web Site
Michael Pritchard's Directory of London Photographers
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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