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Jacob Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

Jacob Schmidt was born c. 1831 at Nassau in Prussia, Germany. He emigrated to England and became a naturalised British subject, probably in the late 1840s or early 1850s, and settled in the busy Humberside port of Goole, where he married Esther Hunter (born c. 1835 in Goole) in 1852. They had six children, William, Alice, Thomas Walter, Sarah, Jacob and Elizabeth (Lizzie). In 1861 or 1862 they moved to Bristol, Gloucestershire, where the youngest daughter Lizzie was born. In the 1861 Census, he is shown as a musician.

Jacob Schmidt is first described as a photographer in the 1871 Census, when they were living at Egerton, Horfield, Gloucestershire. He had a studio at 1 Regent Street West, as indicated in an 1879 Bristol trade directory (Vaughan), and he remained in Bristol until at least April 1881 (Census). Although he was not mentioned in Kelly's 1887 Derbyshire Directory, by 1891 Jacob had moved to Campbell Street in Belper, Derbyshire, and had set up a studio in New Road (Census & Kelly). Jacob Schmidt died at Belper on 7 January 1893.

After marrying at Islington in early 1878, Jacob's eldest son William Schmidt moved to Margate in Kent where he, too, set up as a photographer. The April 1881 Census and an 1882 trade directory (Kelly) both show him living at 1 Whitehead Villas, Margate St John Baptist, although it is not clear whether this was also the location of his studio. William Schmidt remained working as a photographer in Margate until at least 1901, although he moved to 1 Denmark villas before 1891. A series of three cabinet cards, shown below, indicate that William Schmidt was in partnership with a photographer named Goodman, with premises at Fort Hill, Margate, in the 1890s.

Jacob's second son, also named Jacob, lived near Bristol and became a lithographic artist, while his youngest son Thomas Walter was a pattern maker and remained in Goole.


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 Cynthia Maddock Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood
Type I
Used c. 1884-1888
Single frame on front
Upper case text
Brown ink on white card
Blank reverse
Type II
Used c. 1884-1889
Diagonal signature
Ornate initials & ivy
Brown ink on d.grey card
Marion Imp Paris
Type III
Used c. 1885-1889
Diagonal signature
Ornate initials & ivy
Brown ink on white card
CDV only
Type IV
Used c. 1885-1889
Single frame on front
Italic text
Brown ink on white/buff card
Blank reverse/Cab only
Image © & Courtesy of Stephanie Hitchcock Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
Type V
Used c. 1888-1892
Diagonal signature
Ornate initials & ivy
Brown ink on white card
OBORNE/CDV only
Type VI
Used c. 1895-1898
Shield & branches
Ornate text & scrolls
Brown/olive ink on white card
Type VII
Used c. 1895-1898
Shield, monogram & stylised ivy
Cursive text & scroll
Brown & grey ink on white card

PORTFOLIO Contribute a Photo
Image © & Courtesy of Rachel Brownell ID #: jschmidt15
Source: Collection of Rachel Brownell
Artist: J. Schmidt of Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Unknown
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably copied in the 1880s from an earlier photo taken in the early to mid-1870s.
Notes: The mount has "J. Schmidt" at bottom left, and "Belper" at bottom right..
Subject: Eliza Hobday (1845-1938) of Derby, probably in her 20s or early 30s, full length seated portrait with table and chair.

Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock ID #: jschmidt01
Source: Collection of Cynthia Maddock
Artist: J. Schmidt of Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 102.5 mm; Photo 56.5 x 91.5 mm)
Card Type: Type I
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1884-1888
Notes: Square corners. Inscribed "Bonzo" in pencil on the reverse.
Subject: Unidentified man in military uniform (of unknown regiment), probably in his 30s, full length standing portrait with curtain.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt13
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 103 mm; Photo 57 x 90.5 mm)
Card Type: Type II
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1884-1889
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified man, probably in his 60s or 70s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt26
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type II
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1884-1889
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified man, probably in his 60s or 70s, vignetted half-length portrait with fringed chair.

Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock ID #: jschmidt02
Source: Collection of Cynthia Maddock
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62.5 x 103.5 mm; Photo 57 x 94.5 mm)
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1885-1889
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified young girl with basket, about 4 years old, full length standing portrait with curtain and chair.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt16
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card (Mount 108.5 x 167 mm; Photo 102 x 147.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IV
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1885-1889
Notes: Rounded corners. Hand coloured.
Subject: Elizabeth Adshead (1849 - 1917), full length standing portrait with painted backdrop, curtain and patterned carpet.
Notes: (RS) Possibly in costume for amateur dramatic production.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt19
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card (Mount 107.5 x 166 mm; Photo 100 x 145 mm)
Card Type: Type IV
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1885-1889
Notes: Rounded corners. Hand coloured.
Subject: George Hargreaves Adshead (1824-1891), probably in his mid-60s, vignetted half-length portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt20
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card (Mount 108 x 166.5 mm; Photo 104 x 148.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IV
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1885-1889
Notes: Rounded corners. Hand coloured.
Subject: William Peter Adshead (1818-1909), full length portrait in his greenhouse at Derby House, Campbell Street, Belper.
Notes: (RS) Manufacturing chemist and Methodist lay preacher and writer, brother of George Hargreaves Adshead (#jschmidt19), and father of Elizabeth Adshead (#jschmidt16). Both the photographer J. Schmidt and W.P. Adshead lived on Campbell Street.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jschmidt04
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62.5 x 103.5 mm; Photo 56.5 x 95.5 mm)
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1885-1889
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, possibly in her 20s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt06
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 64.5 x 105.5 mm; Photo 57 x 85 mm)
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1885-1889
Notes: Rounded corners. Inscribed "Belper Grammar School" in blue ink in the front.
Subject: Belper Grammar School.

Image © & Courtesy of Samantha Smith Image © & Courtesy of Samantha Smith ID #: jschmidt07
Source: Collection of Samantha Smith
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63 x 105.5 mm; Photo 59.5 x 92 mm)
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1886-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified young boy, aged about 5 or 6 years, full length standing portrait with stile.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt08
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62 x 103.5 mm; Photo 56.5 x 94.5 mm)
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1886-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified child, probably aged 4-5 years, full length standing portrait on chair with curtain and table.

Image © & Courtesy of Samantha Smith ID #: jschmidt17
Source: Collection of Samantha Smith
Artist: J. Schmidt of Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card (Mount 106 x 164 mm, but image slightly trimmed at base; Photo 97 x 143.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IV
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1887-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Three unidentified children in sailor outfits, probably aged 3-7 years, vignetted full length seated/standing portrait with curtain and chair.

Image © & Courtesy of Samantha Smith ID #: jschmidt18
Source: Collection of Samantha Smith
Artist: J. Schmidt of Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card (Mount 105.5 x 165 mm; Photo 99.5 x 146.5 mm)
Card Type: Type IV
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1887-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified man, probably in his 30s or early 40s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt11
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62.5 x 104 mm; Photo 57 x 95.5 mm)
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1886-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified man, probably in his 50s or early 60s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt12
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62.5 x 103.5 mm; Photo 57.5 x 94.5 mm)
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1886-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Louisa McAuslan née Jones (1828-1900), probably in her late 50s or early 60s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.
Notes: Louisa was the wife of David Alexander McAuslan, and the mother of photographer Norman Jones McAuslan (1861-1905)

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt09
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 61.5 x 101.5 mm, but trimmed at base; Photo 57 x 95 mm)
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1888-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her late teens or early 20s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.
Notes: (RS) This young woman is not identified, but both she and the one depicted in #jschmidt10 appear in another photograph of Louisa Adshead (1861-1922) and two friends, taken by Norman J. McAuslan in the mid-1880s. They are probably friends of Louisa's.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt10
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62.5 x 103 mm; Photo 57 x 95 mm)
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1888-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her late teens or early 20s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.
Notes: (RS) This young woman is not identified, but both she and the one depicted in #jschmidt09 appear in another photograph of Louisa Adshead (1861-1922) and two friends, taken by Norman J. McAuslan in the mid-1880s. They are probably friends of Louisa's.

Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Image © & Courtesy of Cynthia Maddock ID #: jschmidt14
Source: Collection of Cynthia Maddock
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 64.5 x 105 mm; Photo 58 x 99 mm)
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1888-1892
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified man with clerical collar, probably in his late 20s or 30s, vignetted three-quarter length portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt24
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1887-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified young man, probably in his mid- to late teens, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt25
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1887-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified man with beard, probably in his 50s, three-quarter length seated portrait with curtain, chair, table and book.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt27
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1887-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified boy, probably in his mid-teens, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt28
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1887-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her late 20s or 30s, vignetted three-quarter length portrait with fringed table and books.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt30
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1887-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified young man, probably in his late teens, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt31
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1887-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified man with beard, probably in his 30s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt32
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type V
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1887-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified man with beard, probably in his 30s or earty 40s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt29
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type V
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1887-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified young woman and man, probably in their late teens or early 20s, full length seated/standing portrait with curtain, table, pouffe and book.

Image © & Courtesy of Stephanie Hitchcock Image © & Courtesy of Stephanie Hitchcock ID #: jschmidt03
Source: Collection of Stephanie Hitchcock
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 61 x 102 mm; Photo 56 x 91 mm)
Card Type: Type V
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1885-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, possibly in her 50s or early 60s, vignetted three-quarter length seated portrait with curtain, chair, fringed table and book.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt22
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card
Card Type: Type IV
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1888-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her 50s, vignetted three-quarter length seated portrait with curtain, table, chair and book.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt22
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card
Card Type: Type IV
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1888-1890
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified man, probably in his 40s or early 50s, vignetted three-quarter length seated portrait with curtain, table, chair and book.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: jschmidt05
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 103 mm; Photo 57.5 x 95.5 mm)
Card Type: Type V
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1892
Notes: Rounded corners. Inscribed "Aunt Loo wife of George Silverwood" in blue ink in the reverse.
Subject: Lucy Silverwood (née Fletcher) and son Hugh Silverwood, half length seated portrait with curtain and chair.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jschmidt21
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card (Mount 63 x 103.5 mm; Photo 57 x 91.5 mm)
Card Type: Type V
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1890-1893
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified young man, probably in his late teens, three-quarter length seated portrait with curtain, table and book.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: goodmanschmidt01
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Goodman & Schmidt of The Fort Studio, Fort Hill Margate
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card (Mount 108.5 x 166.5 mm; Photo 100 x 142 mm)
Card Type: Type VI
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1895-1898
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified child, probably aged about 6-7 years, full length seated portrait with rock.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: goodmanschmidt02
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Goodman & Schmidt of The Fort Studio, Fort Hill Margate
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card (Mount 108.5 x 166.5 mm; Photo 101.5 x 143.5 mm)
Card Type: Type VI
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1895-1898
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified child, probably aged about 8-9 years, three-quarter length standing/leaning portrait with rock.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: goodmanschmidt03
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Goodman & Schmidt of The Fort Studio, Fort Hill Margate
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card (Mount 109 x 163.5 mm; Photo 102.5 x 145.5 mm)
Card Type: Type VII
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1895-1898
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified child, probably aged about 10-12 years, three-quarter length standing portrait with curtain and column.

REFERENCES

Historical Directories from the University of Leicester
Indexed 1841- 1901 Census Images from Ancestry.com
Partial Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to Samantha Smith, Robert Silverwood, Rachel Brownell, Stephanie Hitchcock and Cynthia Maddock for kind contributions of images and information.


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