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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Wallace Fidler

of Cavendish Street, Chesterfield

Wallace Fidler practised from a studio in Cavendish Street, Chesterfield for only a few years around 1887, before moving to Sheffield in 1889 and becoming a portrait artist.

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Wallace Fidler was born in Chesterfield Derbyshire in 1863, one of at least five children of a rural mail contractor and newsagent (and former hairdresser), George Filder, and his wife Hannah.  He grew up in the suburbs of Chesterfield, and by the age of 17 was working as a clerk, perhaps in his father's business.  By 1887 he had decided to try his hand at something different, and set up a photographic studio in Cavendish Street (Kelly's).  He was only in business for a few years, however, and after his marriage to Eliza Silcock in Yorkshire in late 1889, he settled in South Sheffield, where he became a portrait painter.

Portfolio
Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified woman
by Wallace Fidler of Cavendish Street, Chesterfield

Undated, but probably taken c. 1884-1889
Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 62 x 103.5 mm Photo 58.5 x 94.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified child
by Wallace Fidler of Cavendish Street, Chesterfield

Undated, but probably taken c. 1884-1889
Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 62.5 x 102.5 mm Photo 59 x 94 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Unidentified woman
by Wallace Fidler of Cavendish Street, Chesterfield

Undated, but probably taken c. 1887-1890
Format: Cabinet card
Card mount by Spicer Bros. London

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

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Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Image © & courtesy of Jeanne Fox Image © & courtesy of Jeanne Fox
Henry Fox (23 Jun 1866-3 Oct 1953), taken by Wallace Fidler of Cavendish Street, Chesterfield, Date unknown but probably late 1880s.
Format: Unknown
Image © & courtesy of Jeanne Fox
Notes:  Henry Fox was born at Upper Hallam in Yorkshire, but moved to Old Brampton in Derbyshire as a young man, where he was home-taught by Helen Shipton, daughter of the Rev. George Shipton, vicar of Great Barlow, who also lived at Old Brampton.  Henry worked at "Longlands" estate, situated at The Dell, Ashgate Road, Chesterfield.  He is reputed to have had an accident there and injured his feet, while training a horse to be ridden side-saddle.

References
Images kindly provided by Brett Payne, John Bradley and Jeanne Fox
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
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

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