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The Diana Studio(s) of Derby (Prop. W. Warhurst)
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

The Diana Studio started operating in premises above the Carlton Shoe Shop at 45 St Peter's Street, Derby in late 1927 or early 1928, but they moved a short time later to 48 St Peter's Street. Craven (1993) lists the proprietor of the business, more often known as Diana Studios, as a W. Warhurst, and shows it operating at the same address until 1952. Entries have been found in the 1932 (Kelly), 1935 (Whipple) and 1941 (Kelly) trade directories.


I'm always hunting for more examples of photographs from Derbyshire photographers, so if you have any portraits taken at the Diana Studios, please email me. Likewise, if you are able to identify or have an interest in any of the subjects in the photographs shown below, I would also be keen to hear from you.
CARD TYPES
Image © & Courtesy of Barry Muir Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Image © & Courtesy of Patricia Hurworth
Type I
Used c. 1928
Postcard
divided back
Type IIa
Used c. 1928-1932
Postcard
central stamp
Type IIb
Used c. 1932-1940
Postcard
central stamp
Type III
Used c. 1945-1946
Mounted print
name/address below photo

PORTFOLIO Contribute a Photo
Image © & Courtesy of Barry Muir Image © & Courtesy of Barry Muir ID #: diana04
Source: Collection of Barry Muir
Artist: Diana Studio of 45 St Peter Street, Derby (Over Carlton Shoe Shop)
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard
Card Type: Type I
Card Thickness: -
Date: 24 February 1928
Notes: Handwritten on the reverse "FEB 24TH 1928" and "WALTER MUIR b. 1860 GOVAN."
From Barry Muir: Walter Muir was born at Govan, near Glasgow, Scotland on 20 Nov 1860, and was a blacksmith. He died in Derby on 23 Nov 1934.
Subject: Walter Muir (1840-1934), three-quarter length standing portrait in coat and bowler hat.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: diana03
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Diana Studios of 48 St Peter's Street, Derby
Negative No. 8341(?)
Size: Postcard
Card Type: Type IIa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken in the late 1920s or early 1930s
Notes: Pencilled notes on the reverse are probably instructions for reprints, enlargements, etc.
Subject: Unidentified woman, perhaps in her early to mid-20s, full length standing portrait with painted landscape backdrop, shaggy rug, table and flowers.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: diana06
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Diana Studios of 48 St Peter's Street, Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard (85.5 x 136.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IIa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken in the late 1920s or early 1930s
Notes: -
Subject: Unidentified young girl, perhaps 4-6 years old, in gypsy costume, full length standing portrait with painted landscape backdrop and shaggy rug.

Image © & Courtesy of Boz Image © & Courtesy of Boz ID #: diana05
Source: Collection of Boz
Artist: Diana Studios of 48 St Peter's Street, Derby
Negative No. 37828
Size: Postcard (88 x 138 mm)
Card Type: Type IIb
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1937
Notes: Corners have been damaged and/or trimmed.
Subject: Unidentified boy, perhaps 10-12 years old, dressed as choirboy, with open book in hands, full length standing portrait with painted panelling backdrop, curtains and patterned carpet.

Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock ID #: diana01
Source: Collection of Cynthia Maddock
Artist: Diana Studios of 48 St Peter's Street, Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard
Card Type: Type IIb
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1939-1940
Notes: (from CM) My cousin Dorothy was born in 1936 in Bargate, Belper.
Subject: Dorothy Whiteman, about 3-4 years old, in white dress, full length seated portrait with painted panelling backdrop, stool and patterned carpet.

Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock ID #: diana02
Source: Collection of Cynthia Maddock
Artist: Diana Studios of 48 St Peter's Street, Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard
Card Type: Type IIb
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1939-1940
Notes: (from CM) This is my aunt, Meryl Whiteman (née Bowmer of Ambergate). Meryl married Eric, my mother's brother.
Subject: Meryl Whiteman, full length seated portrait with painted panelling & column backdrop, table with vase of flowers, stool and patterned carpet.

Image © & Courtesy of Patricia Hurworth ID #: diana07
Source: Collection of Patricia Hurworth
Artist: Diana Studios of 48 St Peter's Street, Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Mounted print (Mount 133 x 190 mm; Photo 117.5 x 164.5 mm)
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1945-1946
Notes:
Subject: Patricia W. Berridge holding toy, about 2-3 years old, full length standing portrait, with painted panelling & column backdrop and cloth covered, cushioned bench; hand-coloured.

Image © & Courtesy of Patricia Hurworth ID #: diana08
Source: Collection of Patricia Hurworth
Artist: Diana Studios of 48 St Peter's Street, Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Paper print (101 x 88.5 mm)
Card Type: -
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1945-1946
Notes: Roughly trimmed, possibly a discard
Subject: Patricia W. Berridge holding toy, about 2-3 years old, full length seated portrait, with painted panelling & column backdrop and cloth covered, cushioned bench.

REFERENCES

Historical Directories from the University of Leicester
Anon (1932) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1932, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Anon (1935) The Derby County Borough Directory 1935, R.D. Whipple, Son & Martin, Ltd., Derby.
Anon (1941) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1941, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.)(1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to Patricia Hurworth, Cynthia Maddock, Boz and Barry Muir for the kind contribution of images.


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