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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Herbert Sharpe

of Ilkeston

Herbert Sharpe and Sharpe Bros. had a studio in the Market Place, Ilkeston between 1884 and 1888.


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Adamson (1997) lists the photographers Sharpe Brothers and Herbert Sharpe as having operated studios in Market Place, Ilkeston in 1884 and 1887-1888, respectively.

There was a Herbert Sharpe (born c. 1845 Hammersmith, London) who operated as a photographer in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, but I can find no evidence that he worked with a brother, or that he ever lived in or near Ilkeston.  He was in Liverpool in 1881, when he described himself as an artist, but was in Burnham by 1891, and working as a photographic artist.  There was another Herbert Sharpe (born c. 1859 Ruddington, Nottinghamshire) who lived in the nearby village of Heanor.  He is shown as a framework knitter in the 1881, 1891 and 1901 Census records, but it is possible that he operated a studio in Ilkestion briefly in the mid- to late 1880s, possibly with his brother Frederick Sharpe (born c. 1866 Ruddington).

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Carol Standish
John Miller (b. 1866)
by Sharpe of Ilkeston
Undated, but probably taken c. 1887-1888

Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Carol Standish

Notes

Image © & courtesy of Carol Standish

References
Images kindly provided by Carol Standish 
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
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
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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