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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Jacob Schmidt (1831-1893)

of New Road, Belper

Originally from Prussia, Jacob Schmidt first set up a photographic studio in Bristol, but moved to Belper in the late 1880s.  He operated there until his death in 1893.  His oldest son William Schmidt was also a photographer, operating in Margate, Kent for at least 20 years.

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Jacob Schmidt was born c. 1831 at Nassau in Prussia, Germany.  He emigrated to England and became a naturalised British subject, probably in the late 1840s or early 1850s, and settled in the busy Humberside port of Goole, where he married Esther Powell (born c. 1835 in Goole).  Esther had a daughter Alice, from before their marriage, and together they had at least three sons, William, Thomas and Jacob, and two more daughters, Sarah and Lizzie.  In 1861 or 1862 they moved to Bristol, Gloucestershire, where the youngest daughter Lizzie was born.  In the 1861 Census, he is shown as a musician.

Jacob Schmidt is first described as a photographer in the 1871 Census, when they were living at Egerton, Horfield, Gloucestershire.  He had a studio at 1 Regent Street West, as indicated in an 1879 Bristol trade directory (Vaughan), and he remained in Bristol until at least April 1881 (Census).  Although he was not mentioned in Kelly's 1887 Derbyshire Directory, by 1891 Jacob had moved to Campbell Street in Belper, Derbyshire, and had set up a studio in New Road (Census & Kelly).  Jacob Schmidt died at Belper in early 1893.

After marrying at Islington in early 1878, Jacob's eldest son William moved to Margate in Kent where he, too, set up as a photographer.  The April 1881 Census and an 1882 trade directory (Kelly) both show him living at 1 Whitehead Villas, Margate St John Baptist, although it is not clear whether this was also the location of his studio.  William Schmidt remained working as a photographer in Margate until at least 1901, although he moved to 1 Denmark villas before 1891.  A series of three cabinet cards, shown below, indicate that William Schmidt was in partnership with a photographer named Goodman, with premises at Fort Hill, Margate, in the 1890s.

Jacob's second son, also named Jacob, lived near Bristol and became a lithographic artist, while his youngest son Thomas Walter was a pattern maker and remained in Goole.


Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Unidentified young man in military uniform
by J. Schmidt of Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1880s

Format: Carte de Visite


Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Notes: Inscribed on the reverse, "Bonzo."
Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Unidentified young girl with basket
by J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1880s

Format: Carte de Visite


Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Image © & collection of Stephanie Hitchcock Unidentified woman
by J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1880s

Format: Carte de Visite


Image © & collection of Stephanie Hitchcock

Notes
Image © & collection of Stephanie Hitchcock

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s

Format: Carte de Visite

Size: Mount 62.5 x 103.5 mm Photo 56.5 x 95.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Lucy Silverwood (née Fletcher) and son Hugh,
by J. Schmidt of Belper,
taken c. 1892
Size: 64mm x 104mm
Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Belper Grammar School,
by J. Schmidt of Belper,
Date unknown
Size: 64mm x 106mm
Format: Carte de Visite
 

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified boy,
by J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper,
Date unknown
Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photograph.

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Unidentified child
by J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s

Format: Carte de Visite


Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood
Two unidentified young women, by J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s

Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood
Notes by RS:  These two young women are not identified, but both appear in another photograph of Louisa Adshead (1861-1922) and two friends, taken by Norman J. McAuslan in the mid-1880s, and is probably a friend of Louisa's.

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Unidentified man
by J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s

Format: Carte de Visite


Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Louisa McAuslan née Jones (1828-1900)
by J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s

Format: Carte de Visite


Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Notes: Louisa was the wife of David Alexander McAuslan, and the mother of photographer Norman Jones McAuslan (1861-1905)
Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Unidentified man
by J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s

Format: Carte de Visite


Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Unidentified young clergyman
by J. Schmidt of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1890s

Format: Carte de Visite


Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Image © & courtesy of Rachel Brownell Eliza Hobday (1845-1938) of Derby,
by J. Schmidt of Belper,
Undated, but probably copied in the 1880s from an earlier photo taken in the late 1860s or early 1870s
Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Rachel Brownell

The mount has "J. Schmidt" at bottom left, and "Belper" at bottom right.


Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Elizabeth Adshead (1849 - 1917),
possibly in costume for amateur dramatic production,
by J. Schmidt of Belper,
Date unknown
Size: 109mm x 168mm
Format: Cabinet Card
Hand tinted sepia print, Plain back

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Nothing further is known about this photograph.


Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Three unkown boys in sailor outfits,
by J. Schmidt of Belper,
Date unknown
Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photograph.


Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unknown gentleman,
by J. Schmidt of Belper,
Date unknown
Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photograph.


Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood George Hargreaves Adshead (1824-1891), taken by J. Schmidt of Belper, Date unknown
Size: 108mm x 168mm
Format: Cabinet Card
Plain back

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Father-in-law of Norman McAuslan & great-great-grandfather of Robert Silverwood.


Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood William Peter Adshead in his greenhouse at Derby House, Campbell Street, Belper, taken by J. Schmidt of Belper, Date unknown
Size: 108mm x 168mm
Format: Cabinet Card
Plain back

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Manufacturing chemist and Methodist lay preacher and writer. Brother of George Hargreaves Adshead, and father of Elizabeth Adshead.  Both the photographer J. Schmidt and W.P. Adshead lived on Campbell Street.


Images © & collection of Brett Payne
Images © & collection of Brett Payne
Images © & collection of Brett Payne
Size: Mount 109 x 169 mm Photo 100 x 144 mm
Size: Mount 109 x 169 mm Photo 102 x 145.5 mm Size: Mount 109.5 x 166.5 mm Photo 103 x 148 mm
Unidentified children by Goodman & Schmidt of The Fort Studio, Fort Hill, Margate, Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s
Format: Cabinet Card
Images © & collection of Brett Payne
Images © & collection of Brett Payne Images © & collection of Brett Payne Images © & collection of Brett Payne

References
Images kindly provided by Cynthia Maddock, Stephanie Hitchcock, Brett Payne, Rachel Brownell, Samantha Smith and Robert Silverwood
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
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
Kelly (1882) Directory of Kent. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Kelly (1891) Directory of Kent, Surrey & Sussex.  University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
The Printer Marion Imp, Paris & London & The Marion Date Code, by Roger Vaughan
Bristol Photographers - by Roger Vaughan

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