Directory of Early Photographers in Leicestershire, S
SEVILLE, Oswald William
SEVILLE, W G & Co
WRLR 1889/90 and KL 1891 preface the Granby Street address with ‘Grosvenor Gallery/Galleries’. KL 1888 omits ‘Crown Studio’.
See also William Shepherd, below.
See also William Shepard, above.
SHUTER, Alfred C
WRLR 1909 omits ‘Clarendon Park’.
See also Frederick Sissons, below.
See also Frederick Sisson, above.
SLADEN, M E
SLADEN, Marshall Ernest
'Barber and photographic artist' of Kibworth Beauchamp, whose marriage on Christmas Day 1858 was noted in The Leicestershire Mercury (1.1.59).
Noted by Aucott as operating at Kibworth Harcourt, 1870-1884.
SMITH, Alexander John
Aucott notes that he was Canadian, that he opened for business at Bridge House in Northampton Road in March 1891, and that he had given up the studio by December 1892. Bob Hakewill reports that Smith was living at the studio address on the night of the 1891 census (aged 30, single, born at Fain in Rosshire), and that the premises were empty by the time the 1894 list of electors was drawn up. The census showed Smith's assistant as Henry C Cope (q.v.).
‘Smith’ appears to be a misprint, in the alphabetical section of both DL 1861 and SL 1862, for Thomas Snaith, below. Snaith appears in the alphabetical listing of neither of these directories, but he is entered correctly in the trade sections of both.
SMITH, W, & Co
SMITH, William S
Aucott records that he opened a studio at 13 Patrick Street, Market Harborough, in 1896. The venture was probably short-lived.
See also ‘Thomas Smith’ above.
SPEIGHT, Edward Hall
Founder of a photographic dynasty and father of Gulliver, below. His studio was always outside the county, in Rugby, but Aucott notes that he was active in the Market Harborough area in the late 1870s, when he produced a series of photographic views of the town.
Gulliver was one of Rugby’s Speight family of photographers. Frearson records that his first studio was at 5 High Street - where he was in business from about February 1888 - and that he may have occupied the studio at 29 The Square as early as 1892. Bob Hakewill reports that, on the occasion of the 1891 census, Speight (and his assistant, Charles Mumford [q.v.]) was living in lodgings at the back of Upper High Street. He continued to work in Market Harborough until he retired in 1951. More information can be found on John Frearson’s website.
SPELL, Joseph & Son
The address is referred to as 34a Granby Street elsewhere in WRLR 1878, where ‘(William Cole)’ is added after the company name, and where the family’s grocer’s shop at 16 West Bridge Street is also mentioned.
SPENCER, John & Thomas
They announced the opening at 20 Market Place of their 'new Photographic Gallery, which has been constructed, regardless of Expense, upon the most approved principles' in The Leicester Journal, 30th October 1863. The advertisement also mentioned premises at 34 Cank Street, Leicester.
Their advertisement in BUL 1867 reads: ‘Booksellers Stationers, Bookbinders, Librarians, &c. Photographic Gallery, 20 Market Place, Leicester. Steam Printing Works: 34 Cank Street. Revised Prices for Photographic Portraits – Cartes de Visite 12 for 10s 6d. Larger sizes on equally moderate terms.’ (See also 'Leicestershire Prices'.) Their full-page advertisement in WL 1877 focuses almost entirely on the non-photographic sides of the business.
SIL 1880 was published by them and includes mention of their services at the top or bottom of many pages, as well as featuring a full-page advertisement. Printing, stationery supply, bookselling and library all figure prominently. References to the photography business include: ‘Spencer’s Photographic Gallery, open daily, for first-class Portraits only, at moderate prices’; ‘Cartes de Visite from 6s per dozen’; and ‘Photographic Albums in great variety at J & T Spencer’s’.
SPENCER, Thomas Edward
In WRLE 1899 he is listed as ‘Photographer’s Retoucher’, rather than as ‘Photographer’.
STANLEY, Clement Bertrand
According to Adamson (2), Steven was an employee of Richard Beard (the national holder of daguerreotype rights), and was engaged in 1844 by Chapman & Hewitt (q.v.) to assist in establishing Leicester’s first photographic studio.
SWAIN, Percy John
Listed in the 1911 census as a photographer living at 24 Baxter Gate, Loughborough, with his wife, Laura, and their baby son, Ernest. He may have been a photographer's assistant at this time, rather than running his own studio. For details of Swain's eventful earlier photographic career, see his entry in the Norfolk directory.
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