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James Brennen of Derby
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

James Brennen was born c. 1819 at Long Acre, St Martin's-in-the-Fields, London. With his wife Ann and daughter Agnes he moved to Derby between 1845 and 1851, was working as a servant for John Butler, annuitant, at Duffield Road, St. Alkmund's parish in April 1851.

Brennen established a daguerreotype gallery at 14 Irongate (Birks, 1934) by late 1854 (Anon 1885), although Craven (1993) claims a slightly earlier commencement date of 1853. The expiry of Richard Beard's country-wide daguerreotype patent in August 1853 may have been a major stimulus. In late 1856 he was listed as a photographic artist, still at 14 Irongate (White, 1857). By 1860 he had moved to a new studio at 12 Wilmot Road (Anon, 1860a), and this is where he and his family were shown living at the time of the census in early April 1861, again describing himself as a photographic artist.

The Derby Mercury reported in May 1860 that Brennen had taken several pictures of the then new iron and coal works and landscape at Oakerthorpe. In April 1861 he "secured a photograph of [the] lithographed portrait of W.T. Cox, Esq., the High Sheriff and Major [of Derby]." A trade directory probably compiled in late 1861 shows Brennen with premises at both 12 Wilmot Street and 14 Irongate (Drake, 1862). By 1866, according to the Derby electoral registers, he appears to have vacated the Wilmot Street premises and moved wholly to 108 Friargate, probably into premises previiously occupied by George B. Coggan. Then, on 23 January 1866, according to a report in The Derby Mercury the following day, disaster struck (Anon, 1866a):

Early yesterday morning a fire was discovered at the photographic studio of Mr. Brennan, in Iron-gate. An alarm was speedily raised, and Mr. Hilton, Inspector Fearn, and the fire brigade were in immediate attendance. At the first glance the chief perceived that all hopes of saving the wooden studio must be abandoned, whilst the flames threatened to destroy the adjoining buildings. The strong stream of water was therefore used to extinguish the flames that were licking the walls of Mr. Evans's warehouse. In this effort success was speed, and by energetic exertions the brigade soon subdued the fire. This was not effect, however, till Mr. Brennan's rooms were gutted, and his valuable instruments and his chemicals all destroyed. Mr. Brennan was insured for 250 l. in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire company, and we hope this sum will all but cover his loss.
It is presumed that the insurance company did pay out promptly, because he was back on his feet towards the end of May (Anon, 1866b):
Removal. Mr. Brennen's new photographic studio, Friar-gate, entrance two doors from the Savings Bank.
Mr. B. begs to inform his Friends and the Public generally, that his Studio is now complete, and he will be happy to receive sitters. Daily attendance from ten till dusk.
In 1870 the studio is shown by Harrod's trade directory at 108 Friargate, and he remained at this address until 1898 (Craven, 1993), with trade directory listings continuing to show him working as a photographer until 1895. The electoral registers for 1892-1893 show that Brennen also briefly had a warehouse at 35 Cowley street. James Brennen's wife died before 1891, and his unmarried daughter Agnes was living with him in Derby in 1891. However, no trace has been found of either of them in the 1901 Census, and no deaths registered prior to that date, so it is not clear what happened to him after 1898.
I always welcome new additions to the gallery of images, so please contact me by email if you have any photographs by this studio. Likewise, if you have further information on the photographer or any of the subjects shown below, I would also be keen to hear from you.
CARD TYPES
Image © & Courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library Image © & Courtesy of John Bradley
Type Ia
Used c. 1862-1863
Central belt motif
Brown ink on white card
Type Ib
Used c. 1862-1863
Central belt motif
Black ink on white card
Type IIa
Used c. 1862-1863
Derby stag + shield motif
Brown ink on white/buff card
Type IIb
Used c. 1863-1864
Derby stag + shield motif
Purple ink on white card
Image © & Courtesy of David Simkin Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
Type IIIa
Used c. 1863-1867
Derby stag + new shield motif
Purple ink on white card
Type IIIb
Used c. 1866-1870
Derby stag + new shield motif
Blue ink on white card
Type IVa
Used c. 1868-1878
Diagonal signature + 3 lines text
Purple/red ink on white/buff card
Type IVb
Used c. 1874-1878
Diagonal signature + 3 lines text
Blue ink on white card
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
Type IVc
Used c. 1873-1878
Diagonal signature + 3 lines text
Red ink on white/pale yellow/orange card
Type IVd
Used c. 1875-1878
Diagonal signature + 3 lines text
Red ink on white card
Red edge frame on front
Type IVe
Used c. 1881-1886
Diagonal signature + 3 lines text
Brown ink on pale blue card
Type V
Used c. 1881-1886
2 lines text
Red stamp on white card
Thin red frame on front
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library
Type VIa
Used c. 1883-1888
Name blind stamped on front
Blank back, white card
Type VIb
Used c. 1882-1886
Name blind stamped + red edge frame on front
Blank back, grey card
Red edge frame on front
Type VIc
Used c. 1882-1886
Name blind stamped on front
Blank back, dark brown card

PORTFOLIO Contribute a Photo
Image © & Courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Image © & Courtesy of Nigel Aspdin ID #: jbrennen25
Source: Collection of Nigel Aspdin
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 105.5 mm; Photo 59 x 90 mm)
Card Type: Type Ia
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1862-1863
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her 20s or early 30s, full length standing portrait with curtain, patterned carpet and chair.

ID #: jbrennen35
Source: -
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 104 mm; Photo 58 x 89.5 mm)
Card Type: Type Ib
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1862-1864
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. Inscribed on the front in black ink, "Honble. Mrs. C. Addington," and on the reverse in pencil, "Mrs Phipps 1866 The Hon Mrs C. Addington."
Subject: Possibly Mrs Phipps or Mrs C. Addington, probably in her 20s or early 30s, full length standing portrait with patterned carpet and chair.

Image © & Courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Image © & Courtesy of Nigel Aspdin ID #: jbrennen24
Source: Collection of Nigel Aspdin
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62 x 105 mm; Photo 59 x 89.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IIa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1862-1863
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified young boy, about 4 years old, full length standing portrait with curtain, patterned carpet and chair.

Image © & Courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Image © & Courtesy of Nigel Aspdin ID #: jbrennen23
Source: Collection of Nigel Aspdin
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 61.5 x 105 mm; Photo 58.5 x 89.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IIa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1862-1863
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified young girl, about 2 years old, full length standing portrait with curtain, patterned carpet and chair.

Image © & Courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library ID #: jbrennen12
Source: Collection of Derby Local Studies Library
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 61.5 x 105 mm; Photo 58 x 89.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IIa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Dated 1862
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. Inscribed on the reverse, "Rev. R. Macklin, Xt. Church, 1862." Reverend Roseingrave Macklin was first vicar of Christ Church, Derby. This photo was taken three years before his death, when he was 70 years old.
Subject: Reverend Roseingrave Macklin (c1791-1865) in clerical garb, full length standing portrait with curtain, patterned carpet, table and book.

Image © & Courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library ID #: jbrennen14
Source: Collection of Derby Local Studies Library
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62 x 105 mm; Photo 58 x 89.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IIa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Dated May 1863
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. Inscribed on the reverse, "Rev. F. Lynch, Curate S. Michael's, Derby. May /63."
Subject: Reverend F. Lynch, full length standing portrait with curtain, patterned carpet and chair.

Image © & Courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library ID #: jbrennen11
Source: Collection of Derby Local Studies Library
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62 x 105 mm; Photo 58 x 91 mm)
Card Type: Type IIa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Dated June 1863
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. Inscribed on the reverse, "Richard Keene. June 1863."
Subject: Richard Keene (1825-1894), full length seated portrait with curtain, patterned carpet, chair and table.

Image © & Courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library ID #: jbrennen10
Source: Collection of Derby Local Studies Library
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62.5 x 106.5 mm; Photo 57.5 x 90.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IIb
Card Thickness: -
Date: Dated July 1863
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. Hand coloured. Inscribed on the reverse, "Jno Adlington. July 1863."
Subject: John Adlington with hat and walking stick, full length standing portrait with patterned carpet and chair.

Image © & Courtesy of Christine Hibbert Image © & Courtesy of Christine Hibbert ID #: jbrennen30
Source: Collection of Christine Hibbert
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type IIb
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1863-1864
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, possibly in her 60s, full length seated portrait with curtain, patterned carpet and chair.

Image © & Courtesy of John Bradley Image © & Courtesy of John Bradley ID #: jbrennen33
Source: Collection of John Bradley
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type IIb
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1863-1864
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified young man, probably in his late teens or early 20s, full length standing portrait with curtain, patterned carpet and chair.

Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library ID #: jbrennen15
Source: Collection of Derby Local Studies Library
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type IIIa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably photographed c.1863-1864
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. Photograph of an engraving. Inscribed on the reverse, "G. Strutt, of Belper." "J. BRENNEN" in purple ink on front.
Subject: Probably George Henry Strutt (1826-1895), magistrate and cotton manufacturer of Belper, three-quarter length standing portrait with hat and walking stick.

Image © & Courtesy of David Simkin Image © & Courtesy of David Simkin ID #: jbrennen27
Source: Collection of David Simkin
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 107 mm Photo 57 x 92.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IIIa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1864-1867
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. "J. BRENNEN" in purple ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified young woman with book, probably in her late teens or early 20s, full length standing portrait with curtain, patterned carpet and table.

Image © & Courtesy of David Simkin Image © & Courtesy of David Simkin ID #: jbrennen28
Source: Collection of David Simkin
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 64 x 106.5 mm Photo 57.5 x 93.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IIIa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1864-1867
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. "J. BRENNEN" in purple ink on front. The facial features of this lady look remarkably similar to those of the younger lady in the photo above (jbrennen27). The two photos were purchased on the same occasion, and it seems likely that they were at least related, if not mother and child.
Subject: Unidentified woman with book, probably in her 40s ot 50s, full length standing portrait with curtain, patterned carpet and table.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen03
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 64 x 102.5 mm Photo 57.5 x 89 mm)
Card Type: Type IIIb
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1866-1868
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. "J. BRENNEN" in purple ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified young man, probably in his mid- to late 20s or early 30s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen05
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 101 mm Photo 57 x 90.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IIIb
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1868-1870
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. "J. BRENNEN" in blue ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified man reading book, probably in his 30s, full length standing portrait with patterned carpet, table and top hat.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen41
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62 x 99.5 mm Photo 58 x 88 mm)
Card Type: Type IIIb
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1868-1870
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. "J. BRENNEN" in blue ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified woman and child, the woman probably in her 50s, the child aged 2 to 3 years, full length seated/standing portrait with patterned carpet.

Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock ID #: jbrennen04
Source: Collection of Cynthia Maddock
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 105.5 mm Photo 57 x 90 mm)
Card Type: Type IVa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1868-1870
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in blue ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified man, probably in his 30s, full length standing portrait with patterned carpet, table and top hat.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen06
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 105.5 mm Photo 57.5 x 91 mm)
Card Type: Type IVa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1868-1870
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in purple ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified woman reading book, probably in her 30s, full length standing portrait with curtain, patterned carpet and table.

Image © & Courtesy of Robin Clay Image © & Courtesy of Robin Clay ID #: jbrennen36
Source: Collection of Robin Clay
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type IVa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1868-1870
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" on front.
Subject: Unidentified man with top hat, probably in his late 50s or 60s, full length standing portrait with patterned carpet, table and flower basket.

Image © & Courtesy of Picture the Past ID #: jbrennen31
Source: Collection of Picture the Past
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Unknown
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1874-1878
Notes: -
Subject: Unidentified boy, probably 9 to 12 years old, half-length cameo portrait.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen19
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 106 mm Photo 58.5 x 89 mm)
Card Type: Type IVa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1868-1872
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in purple/red ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified elderly man, probably in his 60s, full length standing portrait with patterned carpet and chair.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen09
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 64 x 105.5 mm Photo 56.5 x 89 mm)
Card Type: Type IVa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1868-1872
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in purple/red ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her 20s or 30s, full length standing portrait with patterned carpet, chair and book.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen45
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62.5 x 106 mm Photo 56.5 x 90 mm)
Card Type: Type IVa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1870-1873
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in purple/red ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her 30s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen34
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 64 x 105.5 mm Photo 56.5 x 89 mm)
Card Type: Type IVa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1870-1873
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in purple/red ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified young man holding book, probably in his late teens or early 20s, full length standing portrait with curtain, patterned carpet and table.

Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library ID #: jbrennen17
Source: Collection of Derby Local Studies Library
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 106.5 mm Photo 57 x 91 mm)
Card Type: Type IVa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1873-1876
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in purple/red ink on front. Inscribed on the reverse, "D.B. Jones."
Subject: Possibly David Blackwell Jones (b. 1838) holding hat, a Welsh bookkeeper from Caernarvon who worked for Bemrose & Sons in the 1870s, and lived in Regent Street, Litchurch; three-quarter length standing portrait with table.

Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library ID #: jbrennen18
Source: Collection of Derby Local Studies Library
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 106 mm Photo 57 x 89.5 mm Cameo frame 39 x 54.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IVa
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1874-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in purple/red ink on front. Inscribed on the reverse, "Monkhouse, Chemist."
Subject: Henry Monkhouse (1837-1905), head-and-shoulders cameo portrait. Henry Monkhouse was a chemist and druggist from Dalston in Cumberland. He married Annie Hodgkinson from Carlisle in 1870 and moved to Derby shortly after, where he was a chemist's assistant, later setting up his own shop at 20 Iron gate. Richard Keene also photographed Monkhouse at around this time, in his garb as an officer in the 1st Derbyshire Rifles.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen02
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 106 mm Photo 57.5 x 89 mm)
Card Type: Type IVb
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1874-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in blue ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her late teens or early 20s, half-length portrait in "shuttered window" frame with hat, shawl and vase of flowers.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen26
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 105.5 mm Photo 56.5 x 91 mm)
Card Type: Type IVb
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1874-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in blue ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her 30s or early 40s, half-length portrait in "shuttered window" frame with hat, jacket and vase of flowers.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen44
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 105.5 mm Photo 57 x 90.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IVc
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1873-1876
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified man and woman, probably in their late 20s or early to mid-30s, half length seated portrait framed in arched window, decorated with grape vine.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen38
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62.5 x 105 mm Photo 56.5 x 90 mm)
Card Type: Type IVc
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1874-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her 20s, three-quarter length seated portrait with chair.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jbrennen29
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 64.5 x 105.5 mm Photo 57.5 x 90 mm)
Card Type: Type IVc
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1875-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red-brown ink on front. Central elliptical area slightly raised.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her 30s or early 40s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen21
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 100 mm, but trimmed at base; Photo 57 x 91 mm)
Card Type: Type IVc
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1875-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red-brown ink on front. Central elliptical area slightly raised.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her late teens or 20s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library ID #: jbrennen16
Source: Collection of Derby Local Studies Library
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 105.5 mm Photo 57 x 91.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IVc
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1875-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red-brown ink on front. Central elliptical area slightly raised. Inscribed on the reverse, "Mr Fiddes, All Saints, 187-."
Subject: Mr. Fiddes, probably in his 30s or early 40s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jbrennen37
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type IVd
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1875-1878
Notes: Square corners. Red frame at edge and "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red ink on front. Central elliptical area slightly raised.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her late 40s or 50s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library ID #: jbrennen13
Source: Collection of Derby Local Studies Library
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 64 x 105.5 mm Photo 57.5 x 90.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IVc
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1875-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red-brown ink on front. Central elliptical area slightly raised. Inscribed on the reverse, "F. Longdon."
Subject: Frederick Longdon (c1820-1894), probably in his 50s or 60s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait. Frederick Longdon was a Derby surgical bandage manufacturer, businessman, J.P. and Borough Alderman. His family residence was on Osmaston Road, at Quarndon.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen39
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 105 mm Photo 57 x 90 mm)
Card Type: Type IVc
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1875-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red ink on front. Central elliptical area slightly raised.
Subject: Unidentified boy, probably aged between 12 and 15, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen42
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 104.5 mm Photo 57.5 x 90.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IVc
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1875-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red ink on front. Central elliptical area slightly raised.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her late teens or early 20s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen40
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 105 mm Photo 57 x 90 mm)
Card Type: Type IVc
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1875-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red ink on front. Central elliptical area slightly raised.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her late teens or early 20s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen46
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 64 x 106 mm Photo 57.5 x 90.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IVc
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1875-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified young man with bowler hat and dog, probably in his mid- to late 20s, full length seated portrait with chair.

Image © & Courtesy of Paul Ellis Image © & Courtesy of Paul Ellis ID #: jbrennen32
Source: Collection of Paul Ellis
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 105 mm Photo 57 x 90 mm)
Card Type: Type IVc
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1875-1878
Notes: Square corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red-brown ink on front. Central elliptical area slightly raised. Inscribed on the reverse, "F. Longdon."
Subject: Unidentified young man, probably in his 20s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen08
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 104 mm Photo 58.5 x 89 mm)
Card Type: Type IVe
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1881-1886
Notes: Rounded corners. "J. BRENNEN DERBY" in red-brown ink on front.
Subject: Unidentified woman holding a basket of flowers, probably in her late teens or 20s, three-quarter length portrait with wall, iron gate and rural painted backdrop.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen07
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card (Mount 110 x 166.5 mm Photo 104 x 140 mm)
Card Type: Type V
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1881-1886
Notes: Square corners. Thin red rectangular frame on front.
Subject: Unidentified woman holding a basket of flowers, probably in her late teens or 20s, full length portrait with wall, iron gate, watering can and rural painted backdrop.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen43
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: James Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 64.5 x 104 mm Photo 57.5 x 85 mm)
Card Type: Type IVe
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1883-1888
Notes: Rounded corners and bevelled gilt edges. "J Brennen Derby" blind stamped on front.
Subject: Unidentified elderly man, probably in his 60s or 70s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Lies Ligthard ID #: jbrennen22
Source: Collection of Lies Ligthard
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 105 mm Photo 57.5 x 87.5 mm)
Card Type: Type VI
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1882-1886
Notes: Rounded corners. "J Brennen Derby" blind stamped on front. Thick red edge frame on front.
Subject: Unidentified young man, probably in his 20s, half-length portrait with open latticed window as backdrop.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jbrennen01
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 104.5 mm Photo 57 x 86 mm)
Card Type: Type VI
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1882-1886
Notes: Rounded corners. "J Brennen Derby" blind stamped on front. Thick red edge frame on front.
Subject: Unidentified young man, probably in his 20s, half-length portrait with open latticed window as backdrop.

Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library Image © & Courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library ID #: jbrennen20
Source: Collection of Derby Local Studies Library
Artist: J. Brennen of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 64.5 x 104.5 mm Photo 57 x 86 mm)
Card Type: Type VII
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1882-1886
Notes: Rounded corners. "J Brennen Derby" blind stamped on front. Inscribed on the reverse, "Mr. W. Davey, ??tain, Wine Merchant."
Subject: Mr. W. Davey, probably in his 50s, half-length seated portrait with chair.

REFERENCES

Historical Directories from the University of Leicester
Indexed 1841- 1901 Census Images from Ancestry.com
Partial Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD
Derby Electoral Registers 1868-1900
Anon (1855) Post Office Directory of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, London, England: Kelly and Co.
Anon (1860a) Directory & Gazetteer of Derbyshire, London, England: Harrison, Harrod & Co.
Anon (1860b) District News, Oakerthorpe, The New Iron and Coak Works., The Derby Mercury, 30 May 1860.
Anon (1861) Notes of the Week, The Derby Mercury, 24 April 1861.
Anon (1866a) Fire in Iron-Gate,The Derby Mercury, 24 January 1866.
Anon (1866b) Removal. Mr Brennen's New Photographic Studio, The Derby Mercury, 23 May 1866.
Anon (1870) J.G. Harrod & Co.'s Postal and Commercial Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Staffordshire, 1870, 2nd Edition, London and Norwich: J.G. Harrod.
Anon (1881) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, 1881, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, 1887, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, 1891, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, 1895, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1895) History, Topography, and Directory of Derbyshire, 1895, T. Bulmer & Co.
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, 1899, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Birks, F.E. (1934) History of the Derby Photographic Society, p. 3, Courtesy of David Simkin
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202.
Drake, E.S. (1862), Commercial Directory of the Borough of Derby with the towns of Alfreton, Belper, Chesterfield and Wirksworth, Sheffield, England: E.S. Drake and Co.
Glover, Stephen (1858), Directory of the Borough of Derby including the townships of Darley Abbey, Litchurch and Little Chester, Derby, England: W. Bemrose and Sons.
Kelly, E.R. (ed.) (1876) The Post Office Directory of Derbyshire, 1876, London: Kelly & Co., 51, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, W.C.
White, Francis & Co. (1857), History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Derby, with town of Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, Sheffield, England: Francis White & Co.
Wright, C.N. (1874) Directory of South Derbyshire, 3rd Edition, October 1874, Derby: Bemrose & Sons, Iron Gate.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to Robin Clay, Lies Ligthard, Paul Ellis, Robert Silverwood, Picture the Past, Cynthia Maddock, David Simkin, John Bradley, Christine Hibbert, Derby Local Studies Library and Nigel Aspdin for kind contributions of images and information.


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