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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Harold Ernest Pearse

of 67 London Road, Derby

Harold Pearse had a studio in London Road, Derby, shortly before the First World War.

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Harold Ernest Pearse was born in 1890 at Basingstoke in Hampshire.  He was the youngest son of Frederick Pearse (b. 1845) and Eliza Archdeacon.  His father was a photographer who operated a studio on the High Street of Andover, also in Hampshire, from c. 1870 until at least 1901.  In early 1911 Harold married in Derby, and appears to have set up a studio there shortly afterwards, as Kelly's trade directory for the following year shows him with premises at 67a London Road, Derby.  It is not known how long the studio remained open for business.

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified woman with large hat
by H.E. Pearse of 67 London Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1910-1914

Format: Post Card
Size: 87 x 138.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne


Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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1841-1901 UK Census - online from
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
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.
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.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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