was born at Lewisham, Kent in 1857, the eldest son of painter and
John Hilder senior (1828-1891) and his wife Charlotte Perrett
John Hilder senior was originally from Sevenoaks in Kent, and may have
been from the same family as the landscape and portrait artists John
(1811-1839) and Richard Hilder (1813-1848). The family moved to
also in Kent, in the early 1860s, where John William grew up.
F.C. Graffton, a photo artist originally from Aberdeen, was also living with Hilder at that time. Further trade directories for 1895 and 1899 indicate that he was still operating from South Parade at that time, and the 1901 census shows that he was in business as a photographer and stationer at 7 South Parade in April of that year. Bradley (2004) states that he continued in business until 1907 - a 1908 trade directory for Matlock Bath shows no sign of him.
by J.W. Hilder of Beethoven House, 20 Victoria Street, Clifton
Format: Cabinet card
Negative No. 2280
Image © & courtesy of John Bradley
Nothing further is known about this photograph.
by J.W. Hilder of Matlock Bath, possibly taken c. 1894-1895
Image © & courtesy of Chris Dewey
This photo appears to have been sent to Mrs Mary Widdowson in an envelope postmarked Clifton, Bristol, 23 June 1895.
of Charles & Catherine Potter of Wensley,
by J.W. Hilder of Matlock Bath, taken c. 1895
Size: 232 x 173mm (photo), 303 x 253mm (mount), with pale grey mount (see above for label on reverse of photo)
Image © & courtesy of Denis Potter
Notes: (Standing) Mrs. Catherine Potter, Frederic, George & Charles "Herbert", (Seated) Mr. Charles Potter, Henriette "Hetty", Kate & John A, (Front, on grass) Annie Marion "May"
by J.W. Hilder of Matlock Bath,
taken c. 1895
Size: 218 x 172mm (photo), 303 x 253mm (mount), with pale grey mount (label on reverse of photo as above)
Image © & courtesy of Denis Potter
Notes: (from left to right): George, John A, Frederic and Herbert Potter
Images kindly provided by John Bradley, Chris Dewey & Denis Potter
1871 & 1891 English Census - online from Ancestry.com
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO, and trancript on Ann Andrews' Matlock & Matlock Bath Pages
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Matlock & Matlock Bath Pages - by Ann Andrews
Bristol Photographers, U.K. (1852-1972) by Roger Vaughan
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
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
Kelly (1899) Directory of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, pub. London, pp.301-302, Ann Andrews' Matlock & Matlock Bath Pages
Anon (1908) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, pub. London, pp. 323-325, Ann Andrews' Matlock & Matlock Bath Pages
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith
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