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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand & Fiona McNicol
Hans Peter Hansen (1868-1943)

of Ashbourne

Although originally trained as a joiner, Hans Peter Hansen operated a studio in Ashbourne from roughly 1904 to 1913, before moving to Bramcote, Nottinghamshire.


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Hans Peter Hansen was born on 6 August 1886 at 5 Hodsman Court, Adelaide Street, Hull, Yorkshire, son of a Danish merchant seaman Christian Marco Sophus Hansen (1841-1928) and his English wife Emma Hansen née Jackson (1844-1933).  Hans' parents were separated and his mother later remarried, and although at the age of two he was living with an aunt in Hull, he was brought up in Denmark.  As a young man he was sent to work as a riveter in the dock yards in Hull, where he lodged with a widow and her two step-daughters.  He married one of these girls, Mary-Jane Hardern, at Hull on 20 August 1892, and was offered work as a builder/joiner by his mother-in-law's Gratton family in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.  Hans Peter and Mary-Jane had five children, one dying at the age of a few months old.  He only moved into photography once he and his family had become established in Ashbourne.  He never really gave up the building and joinery work and designed and built several houses in Bramcote, Nottinghamshire in later years.  In Ashbourne Hans Peter also took an interest in the scout movement and took many pictures for the scouts.  He was also an artist, and illustrated his stamp collections with many watercolours. Image © & courtesy of Fiona McNicol

Self portrait by Hans Peter Hansen (1868-1943)
Courtesy of his great-grand-daughter Fiona McNicol

Image © & courtesy of Fiona McNicol H.P. Hansen (at left) was described as a "joiner and photographer" in the 1901 Census, but his studio was first listed in trade directories (at Church Street) in 1904.  He continiued working from Church Street until at least 1908.  Then, from 1912 until 1922 the studio was located at Market Place, Ashbourne, and in 1914 and 1918 J. Hansen was also listed (this may has been his wife, Mary-Jane).  Hans Peter produced many stereoscopic views.
Image © Matlock Local Studies Library & Picture the Past & courtesy of Nick Tomlinson The following images of members of H.P. Hansen's family were scanned from a selection of stereoviews produced by him, and currently held by the Matlock Local Studies Library.  The complete range of stereoviews may be seen on the Picture the Past web site, to whom I am indebted for permission to use these images.  All five appear to have been taken on the same occasion, probably in Hansen's studio in 1907.  Many thanks to HP Hansen's great-grand-daughter Fiona McNicol for identifying the subjects.

Left: Mary Jane Hansen
née Hardern (1869-1958)
Right: Mary Jane Hansen & Alice Emma Hansen (1906-1986)
Below left: Elsie Winifred Hansen (1898-1973), George Henry Hansen (c1892-) & Wilfred Thorvald Hansen (1902-1979)
Below: Hans Peter Hansen (1868-1943)
Below right:
Alice Emma Hansen (1906-1986)
Image © Matlock Local Studies Library & Picture the Past & courtesy of Nick Tomlinson
Image © Matlock Local Studies Library & Picture the Past & courtesy of Nick Tomlinson Image © Matlock Local Studies Library & Picture the Past & courtesy of Nick Tomlinson Image © Matlock Local Studies Library & Picture the Past & courtesy of Nick Tomlinson

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of John Bradley
Stereoscopic view of the photographer
by Hans Peter Hansen of Ashbourne
Undated

Format: Scan of photocopy of Stereocard

Image © Matlock Local Studies Library & courtesy of John Bradley

Nothing further is known about this photo


Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified young woman
by H.P. Hansen of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1900s

Format: Carte de visite, with bevelled gold edge
Size: Mount 65 x 107 mm Photo 58.5 x 93.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified woman and child
by H.P. Hansen of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1900s

Format: Cabinet card, with bevelled gold edge
Size: Mount 106.5 x 165.5 mm Photo 99.5 x 146.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified young man
by H.P. Hansen of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1900s

Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 108 x 167.5 mm Photo 104 x 151.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified elderly woman
by H.P. Hansen of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1900s

Format: Postcard
Size: Card 86 x 138 mm Photo 78.5 x 132.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne


Notes
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image at left © & courtesy of Mike Briggs
"C" Coy, 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Clumber Park
by H.P. Hansen of Ashbourne
Dated 1913

Format: Post card
Ref. Nos. 606 & 637

Image at left © & courtesy of Mike Briggs


Notes: see Photo-Sleuth article

Images © & courtesy of Mike Briggs Images © & courtesy of Mike Briggs
5th or 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at either Scarborough or Clumber Park
by H.P. Hansen of Ashbourne
Undated, possibly taken in 1911 (Scarborough) or 1913 (Clumber)

Format: Post card  Size: 140.5 x 87.5 mm

Images © & courtesy of Mike Briggs


Images © & courtesy of Mike Briggs Unidentified soldier of the 5th or 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at either Scarborough or Clumber Park
by H.P. Hansen of Ashbourne
Undated, possibly taken in 1911 (Scarborough) or 1913 (Clumber)

Format: Post card  Size: 90.5 x 139 mm
Ref. No. 1287

Images © & courtesy of Mike Briggs

Images © & courtesy of Mike Briggs

References
Images and information provided by Mike Briggs, Brett Payne, Fiona McNicol, Nick Tomlinson & Picture the Past, Matlock Local Studies Library & John Bradley
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1861, 1871, 1891 & 1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
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 (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, 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.

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