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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
William Taylor

of Agard Street & Chapel Street, Derby

William Taylor operated a studio in Derby from perhaps as early as 1862 until 1895, although he may have been in partnership with Edward Smith for some of this period.

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William Taylor was born around 1833 in Leicester.  He married Jane Roe at Derby in 1857, and by 1861 the couple, with their first daughter Elizabeth, were living with Jane's mother at 19 Agard Street.  William worked as a machine fitter until at least 1871.  They had a second daughter, Maria, born about 1864, and a son, Thomas born c. 1871-1872.

He was definitely operating as a photographer from a studio at 19 Agard Street in Derby at least as early as 1874 (Wright), although Adamson states that he worked at this address from 1862 until 1878.  Electoral registers, which confirm his residence at 19 Agard street from 1868 until 1878, unfortunately show no occupations.  However, it seems likely that he was operating the photographic business as a part-time sideline from the early to mid-1860s.  Craven (1993) suggests that he was in partnership with Edward Smith at Agard Street in 1885.  An 1887 directory shows Pollard, Graham & Co. with a studio in Agard Street.  Perhaps this accounts for Taylor's absence from Kelly's directories
for 1881 and 1887, although an entry has not been located for him in the 1881 Census either, suggesting that perhaps he had moved further afield.

Subsequent directories (Kelly, 1891 & 1895) show him at 15 Chapel Street, Derby, although a cabinet portrait tentatively dated as being from the late 1880s gives the address as Number 4 Chapel Street.  A cdv from 1888-1890 shows a similar stamp on the reverse, but apparently with the "4" removed.  The 1891 Census shows him living at Number 15 with wife Jane (born. c 1837 in Derby) and nineteen year-old son Thomas, who is assisting in the photographic business.  It is not know what became of William Taylor after this date, because he does not appear in Kelly's 1899 trade directory, and has not been found in the 1901 Census.

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Full length portrait of unidentified family, including baby
by William Taylor, of 19 Agard Street, Derby,
Undated, but probaby taken in the early to mid-1870s
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photograph

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Three-quarter length seated portrait of unidentified young lady,
by William Taylor,
of 19 Agard Street, Derby,
Undated, but probaby taken in the early to mid-1870s
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Nothing further is known about this photograph

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Three-quarter length portrait of unidentified elderly lady
by William Taylor, of 19 Agard Street, Derby,
Undated, but probaby taken in the early to mid-1870s
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photograph

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan Full length portrait of a young man
by William Taylor, of 4 Chapel Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1886-1888
Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 102 x 156 mm

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan

Image © & courtesy of Clive Greatorex Cameo half-length portrait, possibly of Clara Jane Dolman (b. 1875)
by William Taylor, of Chapel Street, Derby,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1888-1890
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 70 x 100 mm

Image © & courtesy of Clive Greatorex

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Clive Greatorex

References
Images kindly provided by Marilyn McMillan, Clive Greatorex, John Bradley & Samantha Smith
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
Wright C.N. (1874) Directory of South Derbyshire, Third Edition, October 1874, Derby.
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
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993)Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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