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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
George Renwick

of Burton-upon-Trent (Staffordshire)

George Renwick operated a studio in Burton for at least forty years, from 1876 until 1916.  Although he never operated in Derbyshire, many South Derbyshire residents would have used his studio.


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George Renwick was born at Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire in 1849, one of nine surviving children (5 sons and 4 daughters) of James Renwick (1816-1900) and Rebecca Cheshire (1817-1892).  James was a store and timekeeper in an iron foundry, and initially George followed his father and older brothers into the trade - the 1871 Census shows him aged 22, still living at home (105 New Street) and working as an iron moulder.

Five years later he was working as a photographer; an 1876 trade directory shows him at New Street, so presumably he was still working from home.  By April 1881, however, he had moved to his own premises at 30 Station Street, Burton-upon-Trent, where he remained for over twenty five years.  In 1891, the census includes in his household a photographer's assistant Mary A. Potts, aged 35.  His niece Mary Ann Renwick Potts (b. 1874) was also described as a photographer's assistant in 1891 - although she was living with her parents in Aston at the time, it is possible that she worked for her uncle at some stage prior to her marriage in 1894.  In 1901, another niece Lilian Barbara Renwick (1886-1905) was living with her mother in Burton, and was described in the census as "learning photography".  Presumably she, too, was working in her uncle George's studio.  The premises remained at 20 Station Street until at least 1905, but by 1912 had moved to 4 Bank Square.  A 1916 directory shows him at 6 Bank Square.

George Renwick never married.

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Prue McKay and The Rootschat Collection of Victorian & Edwardian Photography
Unidentified woman
by G. Renwick of Burton on Trent
Undated, but probably taken c. 1877-1880

Format: Carte-de-visite
Card mount by Marion Imp.

Image © & courtesy of Prue McKay and The Rootschat Collection of Victorian & Edwardian Photography 

Notes

Image © & courtesy of Prue McKay and The Rootschat Collection of Victorian & Edwardian Photography

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison Sarah Emma Parker
by G. Renwick of Burton on Trent
Dated 1892

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 103.5 mm
Negative No. 9147
Card mount by Marion Imp.

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison Sarah Emma Parker
by G. Renwick of Burton on Trent
Dated 1892

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62.5 x 103 mm Photo 58.5 x 91.5 mm
Negative No. 10084
Card mount by Marion Imp.

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison

Image © & courtesy of Dave Mason Lizzie Anthony Peach (1870-1946)
by G. Renwick of Burton on Trent
Dated 1892

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62 x 102 mm
Negative No. 12510
Card mount by Marion Imp.

Image © & courtesy of Dave Mason

Notes by DM: Inscribed, "L. Peach Repton 1892."  My grandmother Lizzie Anthony Peach was born at Repton, Derbyshire on March 28, 1870, and died at Vancouver, British Columbia on August 4, 1946.

Image © & courtesy of Dave Mason

References
Images kindly provided by Barbara Ellison, Dave Mason and Prue McKay
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1870) Harrod & Co.'s Postal & Commercial Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Staffordshire. - from University of Leicester - Digital Library of Historical Directories.
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
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
GENUKI Staffordshire Photographers Index compiled by Mike Harbach

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