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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Robert Kendal Peacock (1844-1893)

of St. Peter's Street, Derby




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Robert Kendal Peacock was born in 1844 at Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire, son of William and Mary Peacock.  He moved south to Burnley as a young man, where he married Ruth Mitchell (1843-1873) in early 1867.  However, she died in 1873, shortly after the birth of their first surviving child, and he remarried two years later, to Mary Elizabeth Johnstone (1845-1894) from Birmingham.

Between 1883 and 1890, Robert K. & Mary E. Peacock moved to Derby, where they lived in a house at 95 Osmaston Road.  Peacock is shown operating from premises known as the "Spot Studio" at 30 St. Peter's Street, Derby in an 1891 directory (Kelly), and must have taken over this studio from W.E. Swift in about 1889-1890.  Craven (1993) states that he preceded George Gibson & Sons, who were shown at this address in 1895 (Kelly & Bulmer).  However, his proprietorship of the studio must only have lasted three or four years, because Robert died at Derby in late 1893, and his wife a year later.  It is interesting to note that in the April 1891 census, the eldest daughter Ruth Gertrude was shown as a "retoucher in photography", while in 1901 census, daughter Edith was working as a "photographer's assistant."


Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir Sarah Ann Miller née Bilson (1861-)
by Robert K. Peacock of the "Spot" Studio, 30 St. Peter's Street, Derby
Undated, but possibly taken in late 1891 or early 1892

Size: 110 x 170 mm
Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir

Nothing further is known about this photograph.

Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir
Notes from Barry: My maternal grandmother Sarah Ann Bilson was born on 31 Mar 1869 in Derby and was married to William Thomas Miller at Holy Trinity Church, London Road, Derby on 5 Dec 1891.  It is thought that this photo could have been taken shortly after her wedding.  You will note that she is making a good show of "flashing the ring" and I noted from a book on dating old photographs that this was a usual practice to denote having just been married.

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson Sarah Ann Williamson (c1871-)
by R.K. Peacock of the "Spot" Studio, 30 St. Peter's Street, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1891-1893

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson

Notes (MJ & BP): Sarah Ann Williamson was born in about 1871 at Wirksworth, Derbyshire (see Martin Jackson's web site for further details).

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson
Unidentified young woman
by R.K. Peacock of the "Spot" Studio, 30 St. Peter's Street, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1891-1893

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson

Notes (BP):  The subject is not identified, but looks very similar to the subject of another photograph by R.K. Peacock (see above), probably taken slightly earlier, also submitted by Martin Jackson, and identified as Sarah Ann Williamson (c1871-).


Image © & courtesy of Claire Casey Unidentified young woman
by R.K. Peacock of "Spot" Studio, 30 St.  Peter's Street, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1891-1893

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Claire Casey

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Claire Casey

References
Image kindly provided by Claire Casey, Martin Jackson & Barry Muir
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
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
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
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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