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Ernest Rudolph Leonhardt

of Eckington, Nottingham & Leicester

E.R. Leonhardt operated studios in Eckington (1893-1900), Nottingham (1900-1907) and Leicester (1903-1916).

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Ernest Rudolph Leonhardt was born c. 1858 in Germany, and probably emigrated to England some time in the early 1890s.  In 1899 he married Catherine Whitt at Nottingham.  She was born in 1858 in Nottingham, daughter of a tailor Frederick Whitt (1821-1893) and his wife Elizabeth.  E.R. Leonhardt operated a studio with Lewis Leonhardt - perhaps his brother - at 8 High Street, Eckington, Derbyshire from about 1893.  According to Adamson (1997), Rudolph ran the business alone from 1898 until 1900.

At the time of the census at the end of March 1901, Ernest was living with his wife in Nottingham and described himself as a photographer.  Heathcote & Heathcote (n.d.) show Leonhardt at 2½ or 3a Exchange Walk, Nottingham from 1900 until 1903.
  By 1903, however, he was living at 124 Bosworth street, Leicester, and had opened a new studio at 7 Horsefair street in that city.  A 1904 Nottingham trade directory showed him still with a studio at 8 Albert street, Nottingham which, according to Heathcote & Heathcote, remained in operation from 1904 until 1907.  His premises in Horsefair street Leicester remained listed in directories until 1914, and then by 1916 appear to have moved to 41 Granby street, Leicester.  It is not known how long he remained in business.

Portfolio
Unknown child seated on a wicker chair, Unknown child seated on a wicker chair,
by R. Leonhardt of Eckington,
Undated, but probably c. late 1890s
Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Caroline Boston

Nothing further is known about this photo


Image © & courtesy of Peter O'Driscoll
Unidentified young man
by R. Leonhardt of Eckington,
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1890s
Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Peter O'Driscoll

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Peter O'Driscoll

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by R. Leonhardt of 8 Exchange Walk, Nottingham
Undated, but probably taken c. 1900-1903
Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 62.5 x 104 mm Photo 58 x 89.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by R. Leonhardt of Leicester & Nottingham
Undated, but probably taken c. 1902-1904
Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 66 x 105 mm Photo 40 x 73 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes


References
Images provided by Brett Payne, Peter O'Driscoll & Caroline Boston
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
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Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1895) History, Topography, and Directory of Derbyshire, T. Bulmer & Co. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith
Anon (1903) Wright's Directory of the County Borough of Leicester. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1904) Kelly's Directory of Nottinghamshire. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1906) Wright's Directory of Leicester. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1908) Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1909) Wright's Directory of Leicester. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1911) Wright's Directory of Leicester. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Anon (1914) Wright's Directory of Leicester. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1916) Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1917) Chesterfield Year Book & Directory for 1917, Printed by The Derbyshire Courier, Chesterfield, Dec 1916 - by kind courtesy of Rita Effnert
Anon (1932) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1932, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley.
Heathcote, Bernard & Heathcote, Pauline (n.d.) Pioneers of Photography in Nottinghamshire, 1841-1910, Nottinghamshire County Council.
Heathcote, Bernard V. & Heathcote, Pauline F. (July 1979) Nottingham Photographic Studios in Victorian Times, The Royal Photographic Society Historical Group.

Heathcote, Bernard V. & Heathcote, Pauline F. (1982) Leicester Photographic Studios in Victorian & Edwardian Times, The Royal Photographic Society Historical Group.

Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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