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Directory of Early Photographers in Northamptonshire, Recent Findings

Robert's site has been left unaltered as originally written. If we subsequently discover additional studios operating in Northamptonshire between 1844 and 1916 we will list them here.


Northampton Mercury, Saturday 15 July 1854 p2. Newport Pagnel. "Coloured Daguerreotype Portraits. Messrs Dubisson and Whittell will open their photographic rooms on Monday next for ten days in the above town. Portraits taken by one of the most perfect apparatus in use from five shillings each. Open from ten till six."

JACOMB, Charles (additional information)

Northampton Mercury, Saturday 26 October 1878 p2. Report on a Market Harborough civil court case between Charles Jacomb, photographer, and William Martin, builder, relating to payment by Jacomb for a wooden studio, 28ft x 11 ft, built to his specification by Martin. Jacomb was a yearly tenant and the building had to be constructed in such a manner that it could be readily taken down and moved.


John Simpson appears in Morris' Directory of Lincolnshire 1863 as a photographer in West Street, Boston, Lincolnshire. In August 1861, John was described as a photographer from Boston, and on Saturday 24th August he had a photographic booth on the Market Place at Peterborough. On that day one of his John's customers, J.B.Hardy, a farmer from Newborough, had withdrawn a large sum of cash from his bank and then spent much of the day drinking. He had his photograph taken by Simpson, and returned to the booth later in the day for his likeness and to pay. Later witnesses saw John in the street with Hardy, who he tripped up, and scooped up his purse containing some £55. John was arrested and the cash was found on him. He was sentenced to 12 moths imprisonment. (Northampton Mercury, Saturday 31 August 1861 p6; Stamford Mercury, Friday 6 September 1861 p5; Stamford Mercury, Friday 25 October 1861 p6)

TASSI, Lino operating 1858-1866

An Italian born photographer operating mainly in Grantham. For part of the week at the Corn Exchange, Melton Mowbray (1861-?). Also at an unknown address at Peterborough for part of the week (?1863-?). For full details see the Studio Notes for Tassi and Cella

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www.earlyphotostudios.uk is a non-commercial web site for local and family historians, listing photographers operating 1840-1916, in Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Suffolk. The original site was researched and written in 2011 by the late Robert Pols, photo historian and author, and this re-constructed site is dedicated to his memory.

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