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The Carlton Studio(s) of Derby (Manager, William H. Smith)
HISTORICAL & BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

The Carlton Studio occupied premises in the former photographic studio of A. & G. Taylor at 63 London Road for a brief period prior to the Great War.

Craven (1993) describes the Carlton Studio as operating in the 1900s, and known only from a portrait postcard. It is clear from a postcard portrait in BP's collection (shown below), postmarked 10 August 1910, that the Carlton Studio was in existence by that date. An entry in the Derby and District Directory for 1910-1911 published by Hobson & Son Ltd, and presumably compiled in late 1909 or early 1910, includes a listing for Carlton Studios. The 1911 Census - taken on the night of 31 March - shows William Hamilton Smith, described as a Photographer "Manager," and his wife Ethel at 63 London Road. This fits nicely with two further postcard portraits (shown below) marked, "H. Smith, Carlton Studio, 63, London Rd., Derby" on the reverse.

William H. Smith was born in 1876 at West Bromwich, Staffordshire, son of a commercial clerk, also William Hamilton Smith and his wife Jemima Ellen née Jenkins. Little is known of either his life or photographic career prior to his brief spell in Derby, except that he married Ethel Horne at Halifax in 1908.

Adamson (1997) provides dates of operation of 1910-1915, but this seems unlikely. By the time the 1912 edition of Kelly's Directory for Derbyshire was compiled, photographer Frederick W. Parrett is shown at 63 London Road and there is no sign of either Carlton Studio or William Smith. It appears likely that he moved away from Derby, but whether or not he continued as a photographer is unknown.


If you have any further information about or photographs by W.H. Smith or the Carlton Studio, please email me. Contributions of images which increase the variety of coverage on this site are most welcome. Also feel free to get in touch if you are able to identify or have an interest in any of the subjects in the photographs shown below.
CARD TYPES
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Type I
Used c. 1909-1911
Description
Type II
Used c. 1909-1911
Description

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Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: carlton01
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: The Carlton Studio, 63 London Road, Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Post card (89 x 135.5 mm)
Card Type: Type I
Card Thickness: -
Date: Postmarked "8.45 PM AU(gust) 30 (19)10"; Location not clearly legible, perhaps "...YN...A.."
Notes: Addressed to: Mrs. Barnett, 22 Iron Gate, Derby
Message: Dear Mother, We are still having showery weather, though it has been fine this afternoon, we are in hopes of a return of the fine weather we are all right, & hope you are the same. Queenie is enjoying her new Diggins very much & sleeps in the Master's Study & she is eating well. Got your P.C. this morning also one letter from Mr. Smith. Love from all of us. A.B.
Subject: Black dog named "Queenie" seated on pedestal, possibly with out of focus painted backdrop.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: carlton02
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: H. Smith, Carlton Studio, 63 London Road, Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Post card (89 x 135.5 mm)
Card Type: Type II
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1909-1911
Notes:
Subject: Unidentified young woman and man, perhaps in their late teens, with ornate wooden chair and painted landscape backdrop.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: carlton03
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: H. Smith, Carlton Studio, 63 London Road, Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Post card (89 x 136.5 mm)
Card Type: Type II
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1909-1911
Notes:
Subject: Unidentified young woman, perhaps in his late teens, seated full length portrait on wooden bench seat with painted landscape backdrop.

REFERENCES

Indexed 1841- 1901 Census Images from Ancestry
Indexed 1911 Census Images from FindMyPast
Partial Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD
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.
Anon (1910) Derby and District Directory for 1910-1911, Hobson & Son, Ltd. Courtesy of Nigel Aspdin.
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London. Historical Directories from the University of Leicester.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202.


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