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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
John William Robinson

of Chesterfield

John Robinson had studios at several addresses in Chesterfield from 1895 until at least 1913.


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John William Robinson was born at Beverley, Yorkshire in 1875, son of a labourer Frederick Robinson and his wife Ann Elizabeth Stokes.  In 1891 he was working as an errand boy in Beverley, but by 1895 he had opened a photographic studio at West Bars, Chesterfield.  The 1901 Census shows him single and boarding with a family at 67 Foljambe Road.  He married in late 1907.  Adamson shows Robinson continuing with studio at West Bars until at least 1913.  However, he appears to have operated from additional premises at 14a Packers Row (1904), Old Angel Yard, Packer's Row (1906-1907) and Chatsworth Road (1908).

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of John Frearson
Unidentified man
by J.W. Robinson of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken in 1903

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 107.5 x 165.5 mm Photo 95.5 x 139 mm

Image © & courtesy of John Frearson

Notes by JF: Possibly the father of Ennis Jane Wragg (see below).


Image © & courtesy of John Frearson Unidentified woman
by J.W. Robinson of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken in 1903

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 106.5 x 165 mm Photo 96 x 139.5 mm

Image © & courtesy of John Frearson

Notes by JF: Possibly the mother of Ennis Jane Wragg (see below).

Image © & courtesy of John Frearson
Ennis Jane Wragg
by J.W. Robinson of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1903

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 107.5 x 165 mm Photo 96 x 140 mm

Image © & courtesy of John Frearson


Notes by JF: The three portraits [by J.W. Robinson were] probably all taken at the same session, one being of Ennis Jane Wragg.  There is an identical postcard print from the same negative and a later print refers to this being taken "two years ago" - that card being postmarked July 1905 - so the three are probably about 1903.

References
Images kindly provided by John Frearson
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
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
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Anon (1917) Chesterfield Year Book & Directory for 1917, Printed by The Derbyshire Courier, Chesterfield, Dec 1916 - by kind courtesy of Rita Effnert
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.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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