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Thomas William Levy & Florence Elizabeth Levy of Derby
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

Thomas William Levy was born in Derby in 1855, the eldest son of Benjamin Levy (1829-1879) and Ann Rouse. His father is variously described in census records as a book keeper, silk throwster, draper's porter and postman. Although Thomas worked as an errand boy in his teens he too became a postman by 1881, after he had married Elizabeth Scott Cope in 1875. He and Elizabeth had six children, four boys and two girls. In 1901 he was "inspector of postmen," and by 1911 he had retired and they were living in Hollington, Derbyshire.

Adamson (1997) has T.W. Levy listed as a photographer as early as 1878, with premises at 6 Ashbourne Terrace, Larges Street. This was his parents' home, and it seems likely that he worked initially as a photographer. After landing a job as a postman, perhaps after his father's death in July 1879, the photography probably became a sideline. No trade directory listings for him have been found under the photographic profession until 1895 (Bulmer), when he was shown with premises at 15 Chapel Street, although a carte de visite is known from his previous address at 24 Manchester Street. Four years later he had moved to 200 Uttoxeter New Road (Kelly, 1899), where he remained until 1910 (Census, 1901 & Adamson, 1910). Addresses shown on card mounts indicate operations at 24 Manchester Street (where they were living in 1891) and 89 Uttoxeter New Road (probably in the mid- to late 1890s).

His eldest daughter Florence Elizabeth Levy described herself in April 1901 as a photographic assistant, presumably working for her father. Adamson has a listing under her own name for 1903, but it may be that she had already been operating her father's business for a few years, as card mounts with her name from the mid- to late 1890s are known (see below). She was married to Luke Bradley in late 1903 and most likely abandoned the profession at that time.

Thomas William Levy died aged 77 at Hollington on 27 April 1931. Florence Elizabeth Bradley died at Derby in 1964, aged 81.

LIST OF STUDIO PREMISES
1878:6 Ambrose Terrace, Large's St, Derby
1891:24 Manchester Street, Derby
1895:15 Chapel Street, Derby
c. mid-late 1890s:89 Uttoxeter New Road, Derby
1899-1910:220 Uttoxeter New Road, Derby


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 Robert Silverwood Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Robert Silverwood
Type I
T.W. Levy
Gold ink on white gloss card
Used c. 1890-1893
Type II
F.E. Levy
Gold ink on d.green gloss card
Used c. 1895-1898
Type III
F.E. Levy
White ink on d.grey matt card
Used c. 1895-1898

PORTFOLIO Contribute a Photo
Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: twlevy01
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: T.W. Levy, of 24 Manchester Street, Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type I
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1890-1893
Notes: Thick card. Rounded corners. Beveled, gilded edges.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her early to mid-20s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: felevy02
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: F.E. Levy, of 89 Uttoxeter Road, Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62.5 x 103 mm; Photo 57 x 89 mm)
Card Type: Type II
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1895-1898
Notes: Thick card. Rounded corners. Beveled and gilded edges.
Subject: Unidentified young man, probably in his late teens, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Robert Silverwood ID #: felevy01
Source: Collection of Robert Silverwood
Artist: F.E. Levy, of 89 New Uttoxeter Road, Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card (Mount 181 x 281 mm; Photo 168.5 x 228.5 mm)
Card Type: Type III
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1895-1898
Notes: Thick card. Rounded corners. Beveled edges.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her early to mid-20s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.

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


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to Robert Silverwood for kind contributions of images.


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