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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
and David Simkin of Brighton, Sussex
John Burton (c1808-1881) & Sons

of Victoria Street, Derby

After an early career as a printer, John Burton of Leicester set up a chain of photographic studios with his four sons in Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and Birmingham in the early to mid-1860s.  The Derby studio was only open for a brief period from c. 1862 to 1867.  Although John Burton senior died in 1880, two sons continued running the firm in Leicester until at least 1911.

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John Burton was born at Collingham, Nottinghamshire around 1808. A printer and bookbinder by trade, John Burton married Martha Neal and together they had at least four sons - Alfred Henry (b. 1834), Walter John (b. 1836), Oliver (b. c.1841) and John William (b. 1845).  By 1842, John Burton had established a company in Leicester that was engaged in printing, bookbinding and bookselling.  All four sons were trained in their father's business.  In 1856, the eldest son Alfred Henry emigrated to New Zealand and found work as a printer in Auckland.  After three years in Auckland, he moved to Sydney in Australia, where he continued to work in the printing trade.
 
There is evidence to suggest that John Burton senior had opened a photographic studio by 1858 at his business premises in Leicester.  He was assisted by his sons Walter and Oliver and, when Alfred returned to Leicester from Australia in 1862, they formed the firm of John Burton & Sons, Photographers and Artists.  Their main studio was based at 3 Haymarket, Leicester (White, 1863), but the firm soon established branch studios in Birmingham (1862), Derby (1863) and Nottingham (1863 or 1864).

Birmingham - "John Burton, Sons & Co." had their first advertisment offering photographic services in the Birmingham Daily Post on 3 July 1862, listing their premises at 54 New Street (corner of Bennett's Hill).  Later adverts stated "Visitor's Entrance: 17 Bennett's Hill (Opposite the Theatre Royal)."  In December 1862, they advertised a "large photograph, painted in oils, of the 'Directors of the Midland Railway' on view" at their rooms.  Then on 15 January 1863, they stated that they had "re-modelled and considerably enlarged their photographic gallery," which was now called The Midland Portrait Rooms, and stated that photographs of children were "taken daily."  On 5 April 1864, they announced that they were also working from a "commodius gallery adjoining the pavilion" erected at the Shakespeare Tercentary Celebration in Stratford-upon-Avon, to which they had been appointed sole photographers.  They continued advertising until at least June 1865, but on 7 May 1866 a snippet from the London Gazette in the Birmingham Daily Post announced the dissolution of the partnership between "John Burton, Alfred Henry Burton, Walter John Burton, Oliver Burton and Thomas Thorpe, Birmingham, photographers."

Image © The Magic Attic & courtesy of Clyde Dissington
Derby Mercury 15 May 1867 - Advert for John Burton & Sons
Courtesy of Clyde Dissington & The Magic Attic

Nottingham - Alfred Burton became the manager of the Nottingham studio at 34 Long Row East and presumably the three other brothers were involved in the other branch studios.  Wright's Midland Directory for 1864 shows the firm of  J. Burton & Sons with premises at Caxton House, Long Row, Nottingham.  Heathcote & Heathcote (1979) show them at 34 Long Row East from 1864 to 1868.  Alfred Burton married in 1864, to Lydia Taylor at Ramsgate in Kent, while he was manager of the Nottingham branch studio.  He continued to operate this branch until he received an invitation from his younger brother Walter to join him in New Zealand.  In early 1868, the firm employed William Seward as their manager, and moved to premises at Cobden Chambers, Market Street, which they took over from photographer Matthew Doubleday (Heathcote & Heathcote, 1979 & undated).  The Nottingham branch remained in operation until at least 1871, after which it was taken over by their manager.
Image © & courtesy of Historical Directories
Advertisement from Wright's Midland Directory (1864)
Image © & courtesy of Historical Directories from the University of Leicester
Derby - The first advertisement for the firm to appear in The Derby Mercury was on 18 February 1863: "John Burton & Sons, Photographers & Artists, at Messrs. E. Clulow & Sons, 36 Victoria Street, Derby," and it appears that the studio had only just opened, as the following report is in the same newspaper: "The other day we announced the opening of a new gallery in Derby, under the direction of Mr. Burton, of Leicester and Birmingham, and we have since had an opportunity of inspecting a very large number of Mr. Burton's specimens ... A visit to Mr. Burton' s Gallery, at Messrs' Clulow's, will afford very agreeable entertainment to every man of taste."  E. Clulow & Son themselves had advertised "a large stock of new and beautiful patterns [of carte de visite albums] just received," three months earlier.

Burton's reputation appears to have preceded him, and he managed to attract the patronage of many important Derby and Derbyshire families: "In one very large and handsome group of Volunteer officers these qualities are as palpable as in the exquisitely beautiful cartes-de-visite; and in the portraits of Lord and Lady Stamford delicate colouring is also apparent.  Mr. Burton has succeeded in producing an admirably correct group of portraits of Ensign Turner, Colour-Sergeant Pratt, and Corporal Clulow, of the Derby Volunteers, in uniform."  On 11 March, another article stated, "The pictures obtained by this firm ... are remarkable for their sharpness of detail and brilliancy of light and shade.  In the cartes de visite of several county families, these excellences are strikingly prominent, particularly in those of the Earl of Harrington, and of other members of the family recently taken by the Messrs. Burton, at Elvaston Castle."  The firm even branched out into the field of dramatic studies: "The admiration of the lover of art will be excited by an inspection of some of their fine studies of dramatic characters now in the course of completion.  Mr. John Coleman as Hamlet, and Miss Caroline Carson as the Queen, considered as examples of pure photography, may fairly claim to be numbered among the gems of this fascinating art."
In May 1863, the firm started to include boasts of Royal patronage in their advertisements, claiming a visit from Her Majesty the Queen on 29 April, H.R.H. the Prince of Wales on 30 April, and H.R.H. the Princess of Wales on 1 May.  Six months later, they expanded the list of notable patrons to "the nobility and gentry of the Midland Counties."  They didn't lose sight of their main clients, however, and in December 1863 claimed "extraordinary advantages for photographing children."  An elaborate full page advertisement for the firm, listing their Derby, Leicester, Birmingham and Burton branches, appeared in Wright's Midland Directory for 1864 (at left).

Craven (1993) states that the Derby studio remained open until at least 1866.  However, an advertisement from the Derby Mercury dated 15 May 1867 (see above, courtesy of Clyde Dissington & The Magic Attic) shows that they were still in business at Messrs. E. Clulow & Sons' premises the following year.  It also draws attention to the "New" cabinet portrait "as the most pleasing style that has been introduced in Photography for some years."  The adverts continued to appear in The Derby Mercury until at least 25 September 1867, and the branch probably closed soon after that date.

Burton-upon-Trent - In December 1863 the John Burton & Sons' advert in the Birmingham Daily Post also listed premises in the High Street, Burton-upon-Trent.  The Burton listing continued to appear in the Birmingham branch adverts until at least 19 January 1865, and in Derby branch adverts until September 1867.  It was listed as a branch on the reverse of card mounts until at least the late 1870s.  Both Wright's Midlands Directory for 1865 and their 1874 Trade Directory of South Derbyshire list the photographer's address at 19 High street, Burton, in premises shared with Charles Jackson, watchmaker and jeweller, but in the latter entry states "att. Thurs.," presumably meaning that they were only in attendance for portrait sittings one day a week.
Image © & courtesy of David Simkin
Walter John Burton (1836-1880)
Courtesy of David Simkin
New Zealand - In October 1864, Oliver Burton married Jane Skevington, while his brother Walter John married Helen Jemima Draper at Lincoln.  Two years later, in 1866, Walter and his wife emigrated to Dunedin in New Zealand, where he established a photography business of his own.

Early in 1868, Alfred Burton and his wife, together with their young daughter Oona Emma, set sail for New Zealand.  When he arrived in Dunedin later that year, Alfred entered into a business partnership with Walter and together they set up the firm of Burton Brothers.

Back in England, John Burton and his two youngest sons, Oliver and John William continued to expand the operations of John Burton & Sons, setting up additional studios in Burton on Trent, Melton Mowbray (by 1867) and Oakham.  The studios in Birmingham and Derby closed around the time Walter and Alfred Burton emigrated to New Zealand.

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin
Alfred Henry Burton (1834-1914)
Courtesy of David Simkin

The firm of Burton Brothers of Dunedin, New Zealand proved very successful. Alfred Burton (above right, c. 1876) travelled over much of New Zealand taking landscape photographs, while Walter Burton (above left, also c. 1876) concentrated on portrait photography in Dunedin.  However, because of personal differences, the partnership between Alfred and Walter ended in 1877.
 
Alfred was joined in his business at Dunedin by his younger brother John William, while Walter set up an independent studio.  However, on 10th May 1880 Walter committed suicide by taking potassium cyanide.  After Walter's death, John William Burton returned to England.  Alfred Burton continued Burton Brothers with the photographer George Moodie until his retirement in 1898.  He died at Dunedin on 2nd February 1914.
The Sutherland Falls Expedition. A survey party and two photographic teams at Milford Sound, New Zealand. October 1888. Taken by Burton Bros. of Dunedin
Click on the photo to view a larger version of this image
Courtesy of David Simkin
Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Melton Mowbray - Card mounts listed the firm with representation in the Market Place, Melton Mowbray from the late 1860s at least until the late 1890s.  The Post Office Directory for 1876 has no entry for Burton & Sons.  Wright's Directory of Leicester & Fifteen Miles Round (1883-84) does provide a listing, between numbers 14 and 15 Market Place, which states, "att. Tu." implying that they were only in attendance on Tuesdays.

John Burton senior died in 1881.  His two sons Oliver and John William Burton were both still working as photographers in Leicester at the time of the census in April that year, and both continued the business at 3 Haymarket in Leicester until at least 1911.

The following sites contain interesting biographical and historical material about the firm of Burton Brothers of Dunedin, New Zealand, as well as some examples of their work:

Note:  Many thanks to Mike Casselden who has provided information about the other John Burton (1810-1891) photographer of Nottingham, who appears to be unrelated to the "John Burton & Sons" family of Nottingham, Leicester and Dunedin.  Mike's great-great-granduncle John Burton was born in Radford, the second son of the Reverend Thomas Blount Burton.  He made an early career as a portrait painter, exhibiting both at the Castle Museum in Nottingham and the Royal Academy, and worked as a studio photographer from his home in Portland Place, Nottingham in his later years.  He does not appear to have ever worked from Derby.  I appreciate, too, David Simkin's assistance in sorting out who was who!

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of James Morley Unidentified woman and child
by John Burton & Sons of Hay Market, Leicester & New Street, Birmingham
Undated, but probably taken between Sep 1861 and Feb 1863
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of James Morley

Notes:  Although inscribed "Mrs Chataway & daughter Mildred" on the reverse, the identity of the subjects has not been positively determined.
Image © & courtesy of James Morley

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified man
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester & Birmingham
Undated, but probably taken c. 1862-1863
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 64 x 95.5 mm Photo 59 x 89 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified elderly woman
by John Burton & Sons of Derby, Leicester & Birmingham
Undated, but probably taken c. 1863-1864
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 64.5 x 94.5 mm Photo 61 x 89 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin Portrait of unknown seated lady,
by John Burton & Sons,
of Derby, Leicester & Birmingham
Undated, but probably c. 1863-1864
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Nothing further is known about this photo 
[JB01]

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin Portrait of two unknown men,
by John Burton & Sons,
of Derby, Leicester & Birmingham
Undated, but probably c. 1863-1864
Format: Carte-de-visite
Reverse very faint, but identical to [JB01] above

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Nothing further is known about this photo 
[JB02]


Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library Henry Latimer Kemp (c.1832-1869)
by John Burton & Sons, of Leicester, Derby, Birmingham & Burton-upon-Trent
Undated, but probably taken in Derby c. 1863-1864
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library

Notes:  Inscribed on the reverse, "H.L. Kemp."  Henry Latimer Kemp was shown as a newspaper writer in the 1861 Census, living at 50 Green Lane, Derby St Werburgh.  He died at Derby in 1869.  A similar portrait by Richard Keene has the words, "Derby Mercury ?" written on the reverse, so presumably he worked for that newspaper.
Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library

Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library Rev. Charles Henry Joberns (c.1837-1919)
by John Burton & Sons, of Leicester, Derby, Birmingham & Burton-upon-Trent
Undated, but probably taken in Derby c. 1863-1864
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library

Notes:  Inscribed on the reverse, "Rev. C.H. Joberns."  Reverend Charles Henry Joberns was curate of All Saints, Derby, in the 1860s.
Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library

Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library Possibly Mr. Hollingsworth
by John Burton & Sons, of Leicester, Derby, Birmingham & Burton-upon-Trent
Undated, but probably taken in Derby c. 1863-1864
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library

Notes:  Inscribed on the reverse, "Mr Hollingsworth, ? Chemist."
Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Unidentified man
by John Burton & Sons, of Leicester, Derby, Birmingham & Burton-upon-Trent
Undated, but probably taken in Derby c. 1863-1864
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 64.5 x 102 mm Photo 62 x 190 mm

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library Mr. Foster
by John Burton & Sons, of Leicester, Derby, Birmingham & Burton-upon-Trent
Undated, but known to have been taken at Derby on 8 Nov 1864
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library

Notes:  Inscribed on the reverse, "Mr. Foster, Centenarian."  See image below.
Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library
Image © & courtesy of Virginia Silvester Ed. Foster
by John Burton & Sons, of Leicester, Derby, Birmingham & Burton-upon-Trent
Dated 8 Nov 1864
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 64.5 x 102.5 mm Photo 61.5 x 90 mm

Image © & courtesy of Virginia Silvester


Notes by VS: 
I have an exact copy of this photo, and I can confirm that it is of Mr Foster. The manuscript note on the back of my copy reads, "Presented to E Hayman by the original Ed Foster Esq Dec 5 1864. Taken on his 102 birthday Nov 8th 1864." E Hayman was almost certainly my great-grandfather Edward Hayman, originally from Devon and en route to London via Liverpool and Lichfield. As far as I know, Ed Foster was not related, and was probably only a casual acquaintance.
Image © & courtesy of Virginia Silvester
Notes by BP:  There is a death registration for an Edward Foster at Derby in the first quarter of 1865, which is possibly this gentleman.  The 1851 and 1861 Census records show Edward Foster, publisher, lodging in Liverpool and York, respectively.  He must have been pretty sprightly!

Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library George Verrinder Darby (1807-1893)
by John Burton & Sons, of Leicester, Derby, Birmingham & Burton-upon-Trent
Undated, but probably taken in Derby c. 1863-1864
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library


Notes:  Inscribed on the reverse, "George V Darby, Stuart Terrae, Derby."  George Verrinder Darby was a Derby landowner.
Image © & courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Portrait of unknown lady,
by John Burton & Sons,
of Leicester, Derby, Birmingham, Nottingham & Burton on Trent
Undated, but probably late 1863 or early 1864
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photo 
[JB03]

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin
Large group of unidentified people, by John Burton & Sons, of Leicester, Derby, Birmingham & Burton-upon-Trent
Undated, but probably taken in Derby c. 1864-1865
Format: Carte-de-visite  Size: Mount 105 x 64.5 mm Photo 91.5 x 61.5 mm
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young child
by John Burton & Sons,
of Leicester, Derby, Birmingham, Nottingham & Burton on Trent,
"Sole Photographers to the Shakspere Tercentenary Festival, Stratford- upon- Avon 1864"
Undated, but probably c. 1865
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 103 mm Photo 60 x 89 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne


Notes
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Image © & courtesy of David Simkin Portrait of unknown lady,
by John Burton & Sons,
of Leicester, Derby, Birmingham, Nottingham & Burton on Trent,
"Sole Photographers to the Shakspere Tercentenary Festival, Stratford- upon- Avon 1864"
Undated, but probably c. 1865
Format: Carte-de-visite
Reverse identical to [JB05] below

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Nothing further is known about this photo 
[JB04]


Image © & courtesy of David Simkin Portrait of unknown elderly couple,
by John Burton & Sons,
of Leicester, Derby, Birmingham, Nottingham & Burton on Trent,
"Sole Photographers to the Shakspere Tercentenary Festival, Stratford- upon- Avon 1864"
Undated, but probably c. 1865
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Nothing further is known about this photo 
[JB05]

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Melton Mowbray & Burton-on-Trent
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1860s
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62.5 x 103.5 mm Photo 59 x 91.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified man with walking stick
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Melton Mowbray & Burton-on-Trent
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1860s
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63 x 103.5 mm Photo 59 x 90 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne


Notes
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Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Unidentified older man
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Derby, Nottingham & Burton-on-Trent
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1860s
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood


Notes
Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified man
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Derby, Nottingham & Burton-on-Trent
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1860s
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 60 x 98.5 mm Photo 58.5 x 91.5 mm, but trimmed on sides and base

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
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Image © & courtesy of David Simkin Hand-coloured portrait of unknown man and baby,
by Walter J. Burton of Princes Street, Dunedin,
from the firm of John Burton & Sons of England,
"Sole Photographers to the Shakspere Tercentenary Festival, Stratford- upon- Avon 1864 and by Appointment to the Illustrated London News"
Undated, but probably c. 1867
Format: Hand tinted carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Nothing further is known about this photo 
[JB06]


Image © & courtesy of David Simkin Hand-tinted portrait of unknown lady,
by Walter J. Burton,
of Princes Street, Dunedin,
from the firm of John Burton & Sons of England,
"Sole Photographers to the Shakspere Tercentenary Festival, Stratford- upon- Avon 1864 and by Appointment to the Illustrated London News"
Undated, but probably c. 1867
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Nothing further is known about this photo[JB07]

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified elderly man
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Nottingham, Melton Mowbray & Burton on Trent
Undated, but probably taken c 1870
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62 x 104 mm Photo 58 x 92 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Nottingham, Burton on Trent, & Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably taken c. 1870
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62 x 103.5 mm Photo 58 x 91.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Nottingham, Burton on Trent, & Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably taken c. 1870
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 103 mm Photo 58.5 x 92.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

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Image © & courtesy of David Simkin Portrait of unknown mother and two children,
by John Burton & Sons,
of Leicester Nottingham Burton on Trent & Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably c. 1871
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Nothing further is known about this photo 
[JB08]

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified man
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Nottingham, Burton on Trent, & Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1870s
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 103.5 mm Photo 59 x 92 mm Raised centre 53.5 x 75.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified man
by John Burton & Sons of Haymarket, Leicester, High Street, Burton on Trent, Market Place, Melton Mowbray & Ashwell Road, Oakham
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1870s
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 104.5 mm Photo 61 x 96.5 mm Raised centre 53 x 76 mm
Card mount printed by Woodall & Son

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

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Image © & courtesy of David Simkin Unidentified young woman
by Burton Brothers of Dunedin, New Zealand
Undated, but probably taken c. 1874
Format: Hand tinted carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Nothing further is known about this photo 
[JB09]

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Image © & courtesy of Julia Sturgis Possibly Benjamin Sturgess (1821-)
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Burton-on-Trent, Oakham & Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably taken between 1878 and 1883
Format: Carte-de-visite
Card mount printed by Marion Imp. Paris

Image © & courtesy of Julia Sturgis


Notes by JS:
I believe that the gentleman in the photograph is possibly Benjamin Sturgis, who was born in East Langton, Leicestershire in 1821.
Image © & courtesy of Julia Sturgis
Image © & courtesy of Julia Sturgis Possibly Susannah Sturgess née Burrows (1827-)
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Burton-on-Trent, Oakham & Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably taken between 1878 and 1883
Format: Carte-de-visite
Card mount printed by Marion Imp. Paris

Image © & courtesy of Julia Sturgis


Notes by JS:  It appeared next to the previous photograph (Benjamin) in the photograph album that I have and I think it’s likely that it is Benjamin's wife Susannah (nee Burrows) who was born in 1827 in Leicester.  Certainly, given the fact that the reverse of the carte has the same design as the one depicting Benjamin, they could possibly have been taken on the same day.
Image © & courtesy of Julia Sturgis

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified elderly man
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Oakham & Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1880s
Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 109 x 164 mm Photo 104.5 x 151.5 mm
Card mount printed by Marion Imp. Paris

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified elderly woman
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Oakham & Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1880s
Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 109 x 164.5 mm Photo 104.5 x 151.5 mm
Card mount printed by Marion Imp. Paris

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified middle-aged man
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Oakham & Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1880s
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62.5 x 102.5 mm Photo 59.5 x 94 mm Oval 55 x 76.5 mm
Card mount printed by Marion Imp. Paris

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Notes: Inscribed on the reverse, in pencil, "Geo Roburn"(?)

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man with corsage in button-hole
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Oakham & Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1880s
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62.5 x 102.5 mm Photo 60 x 93.5 mm
Card mount printed by Marion Imp. Paris

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
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Image © & courtesy of Lies Ligthard Unidentified man
by John Burton & Sons of Leicester, Oakham & Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1880s
Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Lies Ligthard

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Lies Ligthard

Image © & collection of Brett Payne J. Campbell
by Burton Bothers of Dunedin, New Zealand
Taken in December 1894
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63 x 105 mm Photo 58.5 x 94 mm

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Notes: Inscribed on the reverse, "J. Campbell Age 16 yrs 7 mts taken Dec 1894."

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified male family group
by Burton Bothers of Dunedin (New Zealand)
Undated, but probably taken in the 1890s
Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 106 x 166 mm Photo 104.5 x 145 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:


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Unidentified woman
by John Burton & Sons of Hay Market, Leicester and Branches
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1890s
Format: Carte-de-visite, with bevelled gold edges
Size: Mount 63 x 103 mm Photo 58.5 x 89 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man with clerical collar
by John Burton & Sons of Hay Market, Leicester and Market Place, Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s
Format: Cabinet card, with bevelled gold edges
Size: Mount 109.5 x 166.5 mm Photo 104 x 149 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Roger Vaughan Portrait of unknown young woman
by Burton Brothers, of Haymarket, Leicester & Market Place, Melton Mowbray
Undated, but probably taken c. 1899
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Roger Vaughan
Image © & courtesy of Roger Vaughan

References
Images and information provided by Nigel Aspdin, Robert Silverwood, Lies Ligthard, Virginia Silvester, Derby Local Studies Library, Julia Sturgis, James Morley, Brett Payne, Roger Vaughan, Clyde Dissington, David Simkin and Samantha Smith
Information also provided by Mike Casselden and David Simkin
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1860) Harrison, Harrod, and Co.'s Directory and Gazetteer of Derbyshire, London.
Anon (1861) Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester & Rutland. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
White (1863) Leicestershire & Rutland Directory.
Harrod & Co. (1870) Postal & Commercial Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Staffordshire. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1870) Street, Alphabetical & Trade Directory of Leicester. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1908) Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Leicester & Rutland, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1911) Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Leicester & Rutland, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Heathcote, Bernard V. & Heathcote, Pauline F. (July 1979) Nottingham Photographic Studios in Victorian Times.  Published by The Royal Photographic Society Historical Group.
Heathcote, B. & P. (undated) Pioneers of Photography in Nottinghamshire 1841-1910. Published by the Nottinghamshire County Council Community Services. ISBN 0 902751 38 7.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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