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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
John Lovell Hart

of Ashbourne

John Hart learnt the photography trade in Ashbourne as a teenager, and operated his own studio in that town from before 1887 until at least 1901.

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John Lovell Hart was born in Worcester in 1865, second son of a stone mason Alfred Samuel Hart (1837-1906) and his wife Mary Ann.  In the early 1870s, they moved to Ashbourne in Derbyshire, and by April 1881, when John was only 15, he already described himself as a photographer!  It is probable that he was employed by one of the two other photographers operating studios in Ashbourne at that time, Robert Bull (Railway Station & Compton) or Frank Simpson (St. John Street).  However, a carte de visite of a young lady dated tentatively in the early 1880s (see below), suggests that he was already operating under his own name at a relatively young age.

By 1887, J.L. Hart had himself opened a studio in Market Place, Ashbourne, and continued operations there until at least 1891.  John married Mary Elizabeth Taylor in 1889.  The census of April 1891 shows that they were living at Clifton, just outside Ashbourne, with their first son.  Between then and 1895, however, Hart's commercial premises moved to Butchers' Row.  He was still operating as a photographer in Ashbourne as late as 1901.  The Victoria Studio premises in Victoria Square, Butcher's Row were taken over by R. & R. Bull in 1905 (Adamson, 1997).


Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson Mary Tipper (1839-1890) and family
by J.L. Hart of Ashbourne,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1887-1889

Format: Carte de visite

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson

Notes (MJ & BP): Mary (surname unknown) was born at Normanton-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire in 1839 and died at Hollington on 9 Oct 1890 (see Martin's web site for more details).  She married John Tipper (1841-1931) in about 1863.  They lived at Hollington, Derbyshire - where John worked as a wheelwright - and had ten children including four surviving sons, all born at Hollington: Arthur (b. 25 Sep 1864), Horace Roland (b. 1868), Herbert (b. 12 Feb 1872), John (b. 1878) and Edgar W. (b. Jan 1881).  The three younger sons appear to be included in this photograph, and it was probably taken c. 1887-1889.


Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne
Unidentified man
by J.L. Hart of Victoria Studio, Ashbourne,
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s

Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 110 x 167 mm Photo 102 x 145 mm

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Notes: This older man appears to have a large growth on his nose.  Perhaps the photograph was taken as medical curiosity.

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Image © & courtesy of Ellen Oakley Unidentified young woman
by J.L. Hart of Victoria Studio, Ashbourne,
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1890s

Format: Carte de visite

Image © & courtesy of Ellen Oakley

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Ellen Oakley

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified young girl, possibly in christening dress
by J. Lovell Hart of the Victoria Studio, Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s to early 1890s

Format: Carte de visite, with gilt edges
Size:Mount 64.5 x 103 mm Photo 59.5 x 91 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes: 

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Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward Unidentified elderly gentleman
by J.L. Hart of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1890s

Format: Cabinet card
Size: 106 mm x 167 mm

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward


Notes:
This photograph is from an album which contains several members of the family of Ashbourne photographer Henry Hinge, and was inherited by Ian Ward from his aunt, a niece of Henry.  Ian has speculated that this gentleman was Henry's father William Absalom Hinge (c1831-1881), but I believe he may have died too early to have been pictured in this photo.

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Group of four unidentified gentleman
by J.L. Hart of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1890s

Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 108 x 168 mm Photo 102 x 143 mm

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne


Notes

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne
Unidentified child
by J.L. Hart of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1890s

Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 107 x 166 mm Photo 96.5 x 142 mm

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne


Notes

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward Mary Louisa Hinge (b. 1872)
by J.L. Hart of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1890s

Format: Cabinet card
Size: 96 mm x 139 mm

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward


Notes: Mary Louisa Hinge
was one of four children of William Absalom Hinge (c1831-1881) and his wife Mary Ann Hurd (1832-1889), and a younger sister of Ashbourne photographer Henry Hinge (see below).  She was born at Ashbourne in 1872, and married Thomas Ward in 1904.  At the time of the 1891 Census, Mary Louisa was employed as a domestic cook in the house of magistrate Thomas O. Farmer, at Derby Road, Sturston.  Later photos of Mary Louisa Hinge may be found in the Henry Hinge profile.

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward Henry "Harry" Hinge (b. 1861)
by J.L. Hart of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the
early 1890s
Format: Carte de visite
Size: 62 mm x 103 mm

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward


Notes: Henry Hinge
was one of four children of William Absalom Hinge (c1831-1881) and his wife Mary Ann Hurd (1832-1889), and an older brother of Mary Louise Hinge (see above).  At the time of the 1891 Census, Henry was living with his wife Henrietta and three daughters at St John Street, Ashbourne.  A later photo of of Harry may be found in the Henry Hinge profile.

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson Charles Williamson (1870-)
by J.L. Hart of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1890s

Format: Carte de visite

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson

Notes (MJ & BP): Charles "Charlie" Williamson was born c. 1870 at Mickleover, Derbyshire (see Martin's web pages for more details).


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Unidentified young woman
by J.L. Hart of Ashbourne,
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1890s

Format: Carte de visite with plain tissue protector
Size: Mount 63.5 x 103 mm Photo 61 x 90 mm
Mount: Stiff card, dark green on the front, grey on the reverse, with bevelled gilt edges, gilt printing on the front, brown printing on the reverse

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Nothing further is known about this photo.

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Unidentified young man
by J.L. Hart of Ashbourne,
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1890s

Format: Carte de visite
Mount: Dark green card with bevelled gold edges

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Nothing further is known about this photo.


Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified young woman
by J.L. Hart of Ashbourne,
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1890s

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 65 x 105.5 mm Photo 58.5 x 89 mm
Mount: Dark green card with bevelled edges

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Nothing further is known about this photo.

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

References
Images provided by Brett Payne, Ian Ward, Martin Jackson, Ellen Oakley and John Bradley
1841-1901 UK Censuses - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
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
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

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