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John Kershaw & Sons (Kershaw Brothers, Herbert & John) of Buxton
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

When John Kershaw arrived in Buxton during the early 1870s with his wife Alice and three young children, he had already been working for an undetermined period as a photographic artist in Chorlton-on-Medlock, near Manchester. He was born at Stockport, Cheshire around 1835-1836, one of at least seven children of hatter John Kershaw and Amelia Gould. They moved to Manchesater prior to 1841. In his mid-teens John worked as an errand boy in Manchester and by 1861, at the age of 25, was employed as a cotton weaver in nearby Dukinfield. In early 1863 he married Hannah Cox from Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, and they spent the next few years on the move, living successively in Salford, Stretford and Chorlton.

They moved to Buxton some time between 1871 and late 1875, when their daughter Jane was born. They lived at 10 The Quadrant until at least 1881, where John Kershaw operated a photographic studio, not far from established Buxton photographer B.W. Bentley. It seems likely that they were not there for long, as card mounts used in the early to mid-1880s display the address "Lower Hardwick Street, Terrace Road," and by 1887 they had moved again to number 47 Spring Gardens. The 1891 Census records son Herbert and daughters Alice and Jane working as photographic assistants, while son John was employed (not necessarily by his father) as a photograph shutter maker.

John Kershaw died at Buxton on 27 July 1893, aged 57. His sons Herbert and John took over the studio for a brief period, and were shown operating as Kershaw Brothers in an 1895 directory. By 1899, however, Herbert was employed as a photographic shutter maker in Levenshulme, and by 1901 John was working as a photographic camera fitter in Leeds.

STUDIO LOCATIONS

1875-1881 : 10 The Quadrant, Buxton (John Kershaw)
early to mid-1880s : Lower Hardwick Street, Terrace Road, Buxton (John Kershaw)
1887-1893 : 47 Spring Gardens, Buxton (John Kershaw)
1893-1897 : 47 Spring Gardens, Buxton (Kershaw Brothers)


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 © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Courtesy of Paul Dyson
Type I
Used c. early 1880s
Setting sun +ribbon
Red ink on yellow card
Type II
Used c. early 1890s
Reclining lady with mirror
Brown ink on white card
Marion & Co #41 057

PORTFOLIO Contribute a Photo
Image © & Courtesy of Jeremy Foster Image © & Courtesy of Jeremy Foster ID #: jkershaw02
Source: Collection of Jeremy Foster
Artist: J. Kershaw of The Buxton Instantaneous Studio, Lower Hardwick Street, Terrace Road, Buxton
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62 x 103.5 mm; Photo 58.5 x 96.5 mm)
Card Type: Type I
Card Thickness:
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1880-1885
Notes: Medium card. Top corners clipped, all sides trimmed.
Subject: Two unidentified girls, probably aged 11 to 14 years, full length seated/standing portrait taken outdoors, in front of stone cottage.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jkershaw01
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: J. Kershaw of The Buxton Instantaneous Studio, Lower Hardwick Street, Terrace Road, Buxton
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 59.5 x 90.5 mm; Photo 56.5 x 89 mm, but trimmed on all four sides and top corners)
Card Type: Type I
Card Thickness:
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1880-1885
Notes: Medium card. Top corners clipped, all sides trimmed. Inscribed "J. KERSHAW BUXTON" in red ink on recto.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her late 20s or 30s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Paul Dyson Image © & Courtesy of Paul Dyson ID #: jkershaw03
Source: Collection of Paul Dyson
Artist: J. Kershaw of The Buxton Instantaneous Photographic Studio, 47 Spring Gardens, Buxton
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 102.5 mm; Photo 59.5 x 93 mm; Internal cameo frame 51 x 68 mm)
Card Type: Type II
Card Thickness:
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1892-1894
Notes: Medium card. Rounded corners. Inscribed "J. KERSHAW BUXTON" in brown ink on recto.
Subject: Unidentified man, probably in his 30s or early 40s, head-and-shoulders portrait in oval cameo frame.

REFERENCES

Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, Supplement to The PhotoHistorian, No. 118, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209.
Historical Directories from the University of Leicester
- Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London, 1881, 1887, 1891, 1895, 1899.
- Slater's Manchester, Salford & Suburban Directory, 1909.
International Genealogical Index (IGI) from FamilySearch
Indexed 1841- 1901 Census Images from Ancestry.com
Partial Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to Jeremy Foster and Paul Dyson for kind contributions of images and information.


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