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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Henry (Harry) John Watson

of Derby

Harry J. Watson worked from studios in Victoria Street and Burton Road for about 15 years, from the late 1880s until about 1904.

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Henry John Watson - or Harry as he signed himself - was born c. 1856 at Bow in London.  The details of his early life are not known, but he moved to Derby and set up the Victoria Studio at 36 Victoria Street in the mid- to late 1880s.  He married Eliza Snell (born c. 1854 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, daughter of Robert Snell, a baker) at Derby in 1890.  Trade directories suggest that between 1887 and 1891, Watson's studio had moved to new premises at 130 Burton Road, although he and Eliza were living at 25 Webster Street in early April 1891.  He remained at the Burton Road studio until at least 1895 (Kelly & Bulmer), and the 1901 census shows him still practising as a photographer.  Craven (1993) states that he was in business until 1904.

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Chris Underhill
Image © & courtesy of Chris Underhill
Unidentified Young couple, by H.J. Watson of 130, Burton Road, Derby, Undated but probably taken in the early 1890s
Format: Cabinet card - Card Stock: "Seated Lady" design by Marion Imp. Paris
Image © & courtesy of Chris Underhill
Nothing further is known about this photograph.

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Humphrey Portrait of unidentified child, by H.J. Watson at Victoria Studio, 36 Victoria Street, Derby
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s or early 1890s
Size: 63 x 105 mm

Format: Carte de Visite

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Humphrey

The child appears to have been tied to the chair with a sash, probably to keep him/her still!

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Humphrey
The card was printed by Marion Imp of Paris & London, and this particular design (Seated Lady Reg. 41062) is known from 1888 to 1896.  A code adjacent to the card printer's name at the bottom left hand corner of the reverse has been interpreted by Roger Vaughan as being produced in either 1888 or 1889.

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson Emma Overton Bull née Hammersley (1836-1911)
by Harry J. Watson of Victoria Studio, Derby
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson


Notes (MJ & BP): Emma Overton Hammersley was born on 31 May 1836 at Leek, Staffordshire, and died on 29 September 1911 (for more details, see Martin's web site).  She married a farmer Hezekiah Bull (1834-1911) at Leek in 1867, and they lived at Findern, Derbyshire until at least 1891.


Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan Eliza Statham née Barrett (b. 1876)
by H.J. Watson of the Victoria Studio, Derby
Undated but probably taken in the early to mid-1890s
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan

Notes: Marilyn's paternal grandmother


Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward Tom Ward
by H.J. Watson of The Studio, 130 Burton Road, Derby
Undated but probably taken in the mid- to late 1890s
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: 62 x 103 mm

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward

Image © & courtesy of Chris Underhill Young woman
by H.J. Watson of The Studio, 130, Burton Road, Derby
Undated but probably taken in the mid-1890s
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Chris Underhill

Nothing further is known about this photograph.

Image © & courtesy of Chris Underhill

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Rev. Hudgell of the Junction St Baptist Chapel
by H.J. Watson of The Studio, 130, Burton Road, Derby
Dated on the reverse has having been taken in "1903 (about)"
Format: Cabinet card, with bevelled gilt edge
Size: Mount 107 x 164 mm Photo 100 x 144 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes: Inscribed on the reverse, "Rev Hudgell, Junction St Baptist Chapel 1903 (about)."  Philip Augustus Hudgell was born in 1867 at Newton Abbot, Devon, son of Baptist minister George Hudgell (1838-1921) and his wife Adelaide Elizabeth Smith (1831-1902).  He followed his father into the ministry, training at Spurgeon College, and settled in Derby in the early 1890s, where he became minister at the Junction Street Baptist Chapel in Derby.  He later moved to Addleston and Bognor Regis.

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Photo © & courtesy of Gail Thomson Clara Roper (b. 1875), taken by Harry J. Watson at 130 Burton Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1900-1904

Format: Cabinet Card

Photo © & courtesy of Gail Thomson

Nothing further is known about this photo.


Photo © & courtesy of George Arthur Hales Arthur Hales, taken by Harry J. Watson at 130 Burton Road, Derby, c. 1902
Format: Cabinet Card

Photo © & courtesy of George Arthur Hales

Nothing further is known about this photo.
 
 
 
 

Photo © & courtesy of George Arthur Hales

Photo © & courtesy of Christine Hibbert John W. Hall, his wife Selina nee Baker, and their three children, Madeleine, Roy and Beryl, taken by Harry J. Watson at 130 Burton Road, Derby, c. 1905
Format: Cabinet Card

Photo © & courtesy of Christine Hibbert

Nothing further is known about this photo.


References
Images and information kindly provided by Marilyn McMillan, Christine Sancaster, Brett Payne, Ian Ward, Martin Jackson, Chris Underhill, Gail Thomson, George Arthur Hales, Christine Hibbert and Janine Humphrey
The Printer Marion Imp, Paris & London & The Marion Date Code, by Roger Vaughan
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
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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