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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Gervase Gibson & Sons

of Derby & Nottingham

Three generations of the Gibson family ran photographic studios in Nottingham from the early 1880s until at least as late as 1916.  In addition they had studios in St. Peter's Street, Derby between 1895 and 1907.


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Gervase Gibson was born in about 1839 at Radford, near Nottingham.  He married Elizabeth Dexter at Radford in 1860, and they had four children before she died in 1866.  Gervase married a second time three years later, to Annie Reynolds, and they had a further three children.  An outline of the Gibson family is shown below, with those members who are known to have worked in the business highlighted in bold type.

Gervase GIBSON b. c1839 Radford NTT
m1: 1860 Elizabeth DEXTER b. c1839 d. 1866
|- Elizabeth GIBSON b. c1860 Nottingham NTT
|- Albert GIBSON b. 1862 Lenton NTT m: 1889 Mary ATKIN b. c1864 Lenton NTT
   |- Albert Claude GIBSON b. 1890 West Bridgford NTT
   |- Archibald GIBSON b. 1891 West Bridgford NTT
   |- Horace GIBSON b. 1893 West Bridgford NTT
   |- Cyril Atkin GIBSON b. 1895 West Bridgford NTT
   |- Clarence Gervase GIBSON b. 1897 West Bridgford NTT
   |- Jack Lawrence GIBSON b. 1900 West Bridgford NTT
|- John GIBSON b. 1864 Radford NTT
|- Mary Jane GIBSON b. c1865 Radford NTT
m2: 1869 Ann/Annie REYNOLDS b. c1842 Old Lenton NTT
|- Arthur Reynolds GIBSON b. 1871 Lenton NTT m: Leonora Signa T. BARBER b. c1872 Codnor Park DBY
   |- Arthur Harold GIBSON b. 1895 Nottingham NTT
|- Annie GIBSON b. 1873 Lenton NTT
|- Florence May GIBSON b. 1880 Lenton NTT


Heathcote & Heathcote (1979) show Gervase Gibson at 16 Osmaston St, Nottingham in 1881, and at 73 Willoughby Street, Nottingham in 1883.  Presumably these entries were extracted from trade directories, which were probably compiled late the previous year.  By the time of the April 1881 Census, Albert Gibson is shown as a photographer, with the family were living at the Provision Shop, 73 Willoughby Street, Lenton, Nottingham.  However, Gervase's profession is hown as "lace maker."  As G. Gibson & Son they had a succession of premises in Nottingham, including the Willoughby Studio at 8½ Peck lane (off South parade) (where they followed Alfred Gadd, from 1885 to 1895, and were followed in turn by John Parkin) and the Borough Chambers at 8a King street (1895-1904).

The business "G. Gibson & Son(s)", comprising Gervase, Albert, and later second son John, was operating from premises at 30 St. Peter's Street, Derby between 1895 and 1900 (Adamson, 1997).  The Derby Electoral Registers for 1898-1900 show John Gibson with a studio in St. Peter's Street, while he lived first at Colyear Street, then in Drury Lane.  By April 1901, however, the census shows that John had returned to Nottingham.  In 1904 son Arthur Reynolds Gibson, who had previously worked as an assistant in his father's shop (1891) and as a music teacher, was operating his own business at the Town Club chambers, Wheeler gate, Nottingham.  However, he does not appear to have kept this studio open for long, as by 1910 he was working as an artist, from premises at 65a Long row west.  The contribution of Gervase's daughter Annie Gibson, who was shown as a photographic assistant in both the 1891 and 1901 Censuses, appears not to have been acknowledged in the name of the firm!

Gervase probably retired from an active role in the business after 1904, as subsequent directory entries show the business as either the Nottingham Photographic Works (briefly from c. 1913-1914) or "A. Gibson & Son" at the Royal Chambers, 30 Bridlesmith gate, Nottingham until at least 1916.  Albert appears to have brought his eldest son Albert Claude into the firm from about 1910.

Adamson (1997) shows "Gibson & Sons" with a studio at 92 St Peter's St, Derby from 1903 until 1907, although it is not clear which family members were active in this studio during this period.


Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne
Unidentified young boy and girl
by G. Gibson & Son of The Willoughby Studio, 8 Peck Lane, Nottingham
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1890s

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 108 x 167 mm Photo 103.5 x 146.5 mm

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Class portrait, including boys, master & mistress, St Chad's Church Schools, Derby, 1895
by Gibson & Sons of 30 St Peter's St., Derby, 8 Peck Lane, Nottm.
Dated 1895
Format: Large format
Size: Mount 216 x 165.5 mm Photo 199 x 135.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes: According to Kelly's 1895 trade directory, St Chad's School in Gordon Street, Derby was a mixed school erected in 1888 for 450 boys and girls, and 230 infants.  By 1895 it had an average attendance of 600.  Thomas George Seymour (1865-) was master, while Mrs. Ada Sarah Atherley (1860) was the infants' mistress.  The 37 boys shown in this photo only include a small proportion of the total boys in the school at that time (presumably about 300).  Unfortunately there is no sign showing which class or classes are represented.  It is possible that the gentleman standing at left is Mr. Seymour, and that the lady on the right is Mrs. Atherley.


Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter Ethel Clara Constance Haseldine (1884-1963) & Fred Allsopp Haseldine (b. 1882)
by G. Gibson & Son of 8 Peck Lane, Nottingham & 30 St Peter's Street, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1891-1893

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter

Notes by JP:  Ethel Clara Constance Haseldine was born on 13 Dec 1884 at 950 Oxford St, Derby and died on 13 May 1963 at Derby.  She was buried  with her parents, Jane and Frederick John Hasledine, at Littleover graveyard, Derby.  Fred Allsopp Haseldine was born in 1882 at Derby.  He married May Butting at Boulton Lane, Derby in 1908.  Fred and Ethel were my great-grandmother Dorothy's brother and sister.

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne
Unidentified young child
by Gibson & Sons of King St, Nottingham & St. Peter's St, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s

Format: Cabinet Card
Reverse: plain grey with pencilled ref. "10771"
Size: Mount 109 x 168.5 Photo 94 x 137 mm
Negative No. 10771

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:


Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by Gibson & Sons of King St, Nottingham & St. Peter's St, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 108.5 x 168.5 Photo 93.5 x 137 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:


Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by Gibson & Sons of King St, Nottingham
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s or early 1900s

Format: Carte de visite, card with embossed pattern
Reverse: plain white with pencilled ref. "16803"
Size: Mount 62 x 104 mm Photo 42 x 68 mm
Negative No. 16803

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter Dorothy Ada Haseldine (1897-1977)
by Gibson & Sons of King Street, Nottingham & St Peter's St, Derby
Undated, but probably taken in late 1898 or early 1899

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter

Notes by JP:  My great-grandmother Dorothy Ada Hasledine was born on 13 Nov 1897 at Wilsow, Derby.  She died on 26 Apr 1977 at the Derwent Hospital Derby.  She married Hugh Baker and they had two children, Madge Baker (my gran - born on 09 Apr 1920 at Derby, died on 06 Aug 1987 at her home), and Kathleen Hazel Baker (born on 22 Jun 1924 at Derby).

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter

Image © & courtesy of David Hutchings
Unidentified young lady,
by Gibson & Sons of St. Peter's St, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1903-1907

Format: Cabinet Card
Mount: stiff, medium card, with impressed detail
Reverse: plain grey with pencilled ref. "22540"
Size: 168 x 108 mm
Negative No. 22540

Image © & courtesy of David Hutchings

Notes by David Hutchings:  Subject may be from Hutchings, Cockbill or Malin families?

Image © & courtesy of David Hutchings


Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young child
by Gibson & Sons of Nottingham & Derby
Undated, but probably taken in the early  to mid-1900s

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 65.5 x 105 Photo 38 x 67.5 mm
Negative No. 23343

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by Gibson & Sons of King St, Nottingham & St. Peter's St, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1900s

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 63 x 104 Photo 51.5 x 82.5 mm
Negative No. 30827

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

References
Images provided by Jane Porter, Brett Payne & David Hutchings 
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1871-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
North East Midland Photographic Record - Picture the Past
Anon (1885) History, Gazetteer & Directory of Nottinghamshire. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1894-95) Wright's Directory of Nottingham. 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 (1898-99) Wright's Directory of Nottingham. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London. 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 (1910-11) Wright's Directory of Nottingham. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Anon (1913-14) Wright's Directory of Nottingham. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1915-16) Wright's Directory of Nottingham. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
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 V. & Pauline F. (July 1979) Nottingham Photographic Studios in Victorian Times, publ. by 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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