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William Singer Sugden (1844-1880) of Exeter
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

William Singer Sugden was born at Wrington, Somerset in 1844, son of a surgeon and apothecary, William Sugden (c1816-) and his wife Georgiana (c1815-).

William Sugden was in partnership with Edward Williams at 88 High Street, Exeter briefly between April 1877 and February 1878. However, in March 1878 the two went their separate ways. Scott (1985) shows them both with premises in March 1878 - Sugden at 88 Queen Street, and Williams at 241 High Street, Exeter - but no later listings in that town. An artist Augustus De Néceville (or Niceville) was shown at the same premises as Williams in an 1878 trade directory.

W.S. Sugden died at Brighton in 1880.


If you have any further information about Sugden and his studio, or if you have any photographs by him, please email me. I welcome contributions of images to increase the variety of coverage on this site. If you are able to identify or have an interest in any of the subjects in the photographs shown below, I would also be very keen on hearing from you.
CARD TYPES
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
Type I
Used c. 1877-1878
Diagonal signature & coat of arms
single line border & three fonts
Brown ink on pale blue card
Type II
Used c. 1877-1878
Simple text
two fonts
Brown ink on shiny buff card

PORTFOLIO Contribute a Photo
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: williamssugden01
Source: Exeter Album, Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Williams & Sugden, of 88 Queen Street, Exeter
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62 x 98.5 mm; Photo 56 x 94.5 mm)
Card Type: Type I (brown on pale blue) - diagonal signature with coat of arms, single line border & three fonts.
Date: Undated, probably taken c. 1877-1878
Notes: Thick card. Square corners. Lower corners clipped, bottom of card trimmed. Inscribed, "Clara Sanders Moreton" on the reverse.
Subject: Clara Sanders Moreton, probably in her 20s, three-quarter length seated portrait with table and letter opener.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: williamssugden02
Source: Exeter Album, Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Williams & Sugden, of 88 Queen Street, Exeter
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 65 x 102 mm; Photo 59 x 98.5 mm)
Card Type: Type II (brown on glossy buff card) - simple text, two fonts.
Date: Undated, probably taken c. 1877-1878
Notes: Thick card. Square corners. Top corners clipped, bottom of card trimmed.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her late teens or early 20s, three-quarter length standing portrait with foliage and hat.

REFERENCES

Historical Directories from the University of Leicester
Indexed 1871- 1901 Census Images from Ancestry.com
1881 Census Transcript & International Genealogical Index (IGI) from the LDS Church's web site FamilySearch
Partial Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD
Photographers in Devon 1842-1939 : a brief directory for photograph collectors, by C.G. Scott, 1985, The PhotoHistorian Supplement No. 101, ISSN 0957-0209

Trade Directory entries

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon (1878-79)
- Sugden W. Singer, art photogr, 88 Queen street, Exeter
- Williams Edward, photo. artist, 241 High street, Exeter
- De Néceville Augustus, artist, 241 High street, Exeter


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to David Simkin for kind contributions of images and information.


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