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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
T. Steward & Co.

of Buxton

The firm of Steward & Co. operated studios at 6 The Quadrant, and later at 51 Spring Gardens, in Buxton from the early 1890s until at least 1912.

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The firm of Stuart & Co. [sic] first appears in Buxton trade directory listings in 1895 (Kelly), although another directory of the same year (Bulmer) gives Harry Stewart.  Both are shown with premises at 6 The Quadrant in Buxton which, until 1891, belonged to B.W. Bentley.  Kelly's 1899 directory shows the firm of T. Stewart & Co. at this address, and a cabinet card from the 1890s (see below) has a slightly different spelling.  It seems likely that these are all the same family, and that the Stewart/Steward firm took over the business soon after the death of B.W. Bentley's widow in 1891.  Unfortunately, no census entries have been found for any Steward family in Buxton.  By 1912, the firm had moved to premises at 51 Spring Gardens in Buxton, while the studio at 6 The Quadrant was being operated by another photographer, W.T. Hosler.

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Unidentified young man
by T. Steward & Co. of 6 The Quadrant, Buxton
Undated but probably taken c. 1895-1900
Format: Minette or Midget Card

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin Unidentified woman
by T. Steward & Co. of 6 The Quadrant, Buxton
Undated but probably taken c. 1898-99
Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Two unidentified couples
by T. Steward & Co. of 6 The Quadrant, Buxton
Undated but probably taken c. 1898-99
Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 107 x 166.5 mm Photo 102.5 x 143.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

References
Images provided by Nigel Aspdin, Brett Payne & David Simkin
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
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
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, 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.

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