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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Edward Smith

of Derby

Edward Smith worked from studios in Upper Brook Street and Bramble Street, Derby for twenty years from at least 1871 until 1891, and continued to practise until at least 1901, although perhaps under the auspices of anothert studio.  He was briefly in partnership with William Taylor at Agard Street in 1885.

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Edward Smith was born c. 1831-32 in Birmingham, Warwickshire.  He married Harriet (surname unknown, born c. 1830-32 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire).

Craven (1993) states that Edward Smith was in business in Derby from 1871 to 1891.  Both the 1871 Census and Wright (1874) show him with a studio at 52 Upper Brook Street, although the census record describes him merely as an artist.  In the late 1870s (certainly by 1881) he had moved to Bramble Street (North side) - perhaps following Thomas Battersby - where he remained until at least 1891 (Census & Kelly).  The 1901 census still shows him practising as a photographer, although the lack of any directory entries suggest that perhaps he worked for another studio.  Craven also suggests that Smith was in partnership with William Taylor at 19 Agard Street in 1885.  Adamson (1997) states that Frank Birch took over from Smith at the Bramble Street premises in 1894.


Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson William Tipper (1844-), his wife Hannah née Rodgers and their sons William & Ernest
by E. Smith of Derby
Undated, but probably taken in 1876 or 1877
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson

Notes (MJ & BP): William Tipper was born at Hollington and baptized 6 Oct 1844 at Longford DBY (see Martin's web site for full details of this family).  He was a wheelwright and married Hannah Rodgers (born c. 1848 Postern DBY) in 1868.  They had sons William (born 1871 at Hollington) and Ernest W. (born c.1874-1875 at Hollington), and a daughter Harriet (born 1878 at Derby).  This photo was probably taken in about 1877, shortly after they moved to 11 Manchester Street, Derby St Werburgh's from Hollington, and before the birth of daughter Harriet in mid-1878.


Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Three unidentified children
by E. Smith of Bramble Street, Derby
Undated
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified man
by E. Smith of Bramble Street, Derby,
Undated
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Central oval raised.  Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified woman
by E. Smith of Bramble Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1870s
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Central oval raised.  Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified young woman
by E. Smith of Bramble Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1870s
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Notes: Possibly the same person as in the image below

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified family
by Edward Smith of Bramble Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1876-1880
Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 108 x 163 mm Photo 101 x 141 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne


Notes:
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified young woman
by Edward Smith of Bramble Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1876-1882
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Notes: Possibly the same person as in the image above

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified boy
by Edward Smith of Bramble Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1876-1882
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified young girl
by Edward Smith of Bramble Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1876-1882
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Unidentified young child
by Edward Smith of Bramble Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1876-1882
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 10.37 mm Photo 56.5 x 92 mm

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified young man
by Edward Smith of West End Studio, Bramble Street & Curzon Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1876-1884
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified young woman
by Edward Smith of West End Studio, Bramble Street & Curzon Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1876-1884
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified young woman,
by Edward Smith of West End Studio, Bramble Street & Curzon Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1878-1884
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified young man
by E. Smith of The West End Studio, Bramble Street & Curzon Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1878-1884
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

References
Images provided by Brett Payne, Nigel Aspdin, Martin Jackson & Samantha Smith
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
Wright C.N. (1874) Directory of South Derbyshire, Third Edition, October 1874, Derby.
Anon (1881) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
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
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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