Directory of Early Photographers in Huntingdonshire, M - Z
‘Photographic artist’ in HH1876. According to Heathcote, Arthur Maddison began taking portraits in January 1855 at Maddison’s Cabinet Warehouse, High Street, Huntingdon. (John Maddison, the proprietor, was an auctioneer and cabinet maker, and was probably Arthur’s father). Arthur ran a branch in Bedford (1864-69) and another (no dates given) in St Ives. He also traded during his later career as a nationwide supplier of photographic chemicals. He married Julia Hinde in 1874. According to Pike, he died in 1887. But his stepson, Frederick Hinde, kept Maddison as part of the business name for decades thereafter (details below). For more information, see studio note.
Wife of Arthur Maddison and mother of Frederick Hinde. Shown as photographer, aged 54, in the 1891 census returns for Huntingdon.
MADDISON & Hinde
Spelt ‘Maddisun’ in KH 1898. The name of the partnership derives from the fact that Arthur Maddison married the widowed Julia Hinde in 1874. According to Pike, the business came under the sole management of Maddison’s stepson, Fredrick Hinde, in 1892. For more information, see studio note.
An advertisement in KH 1894 gives the following information: “Maddison & Hinde, Photographic Artists, Royal Art Studio, Huntingdon and The Studio, St Ives. Studios open daily. High-class portraiture turned out at moderate prices. Price list sent free on application. Special arrangements made for all Out-door Photography. Negatives kept. Copies can always be obtained. Specialities: Midget photos – These popular photos can be obtained at 3s. and 4s. per dozen. Best finish only.”
In the early20th century the firm was producing and publishing postcards at the Ermine Street studio. Cozens (1) includes examples from the period c1904-1912. A 1905 picture of Huntingdon High Street shows that a window of the George Hotel has been given over to the use of Maddison & Hinde as a showcase.
‘Watchmaker, photographer &c’ in HH 1876.
PARTRIDGE, John H
Shown as photographer, aged 26, in the 1891 census returns for St Ives.
KH 1885 and KH1890 add ‘& at Biggleswade’.
PHILLIPS, J & Sons
PICKNEY, J J
Water Newton. Identified in Cozens (3) as a local postmaster who published postcards but was not necessarily a photographer. Dates uncertain.
SLATER, Percy John
Also active in the postcard market, both in the Edwardian era and in the post-war years, according to Cozens (3).
SUTTON, Francis H
Shown as photographer, aged 21, in the 1901 census returns for St Ives.
WESTERMAN, Lane &
Sawtry. Identified in Cozens (3) as postcard publishers (but not necessarily photographers). Active in the 1920s.
WHITNEY, Ernest S
By about 1913 – if not before – Whitney was also active as a producer and publisher of postcard views. An example in Cozens (3), dating from the early 1930s, refers to his Huntingdon premises as his ‘Electric Studio’. Cozens (1) mentions a further studio in Hartford (date unknown).
16 High Street, Huntingdon. Identified in Cozens (1) as a publisher of postcards (but not necessarily as a photographer). Datable examples of his work belong to the period c1905-1910.
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