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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Thomas Bell

of Eckington




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The photographer Thomas Bell is known from a carte de visite (see below) dated tentatively as having been taken in the early 1880s.  The 1881 Census shows two potential candidates living in Eckington, both named Thomas Bell and working as grocers and drapers.  Adamson (1997) describes him as a "grocer and draper, agent for W. & A. Gilbey, wine & spirit merchants, & photographer", with premises on the High street, Eckington in 1883.  In an 1887 directory, he is shown only as a grocer, so presumably the studio was short-lived.

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Unknown gentleman
by Thomas Bell of Eckington
Date unknown but probably taken in the early 1880s
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Nothing further is known about this photo.

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

References
Images kindly provided by John Bradley
1861 Derbyshire Census - CDROM published by ArchiveCD Books
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1871 & 1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
North East Midland Photographic Record - Picture the Past
Anon (1855) The Post Office Directory of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
White, F. & Co. (1857) History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Derby. Transcribed by Neil Wilson.
Harrison, Harrod & Co. (1860) Directory and Gazetteer of Derbyshire, London.
Anon (1870) Harrod & Co.'s Postal & Commercial Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Staffordshire. - from University of Leicester - Digital Library of Historical Directories.
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.

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