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Can anyone tell me anything about this carte-de-visite showing a montage of portrait images mainly of men but including one woman at the bottom of the carte. She and the man beside her look to me to be from a different era to the other images.
It is credited to by Wilson and Bullock, Gordon Terrace, Barnsley.
I suppose it could show the great & good of Barnsley. Who else took this type of photograph. Was it a popular genre?
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Is that faint lettering on the brown rectangle lower left corner?
Sandy Barrie's directory has the firm dating from 1867 -72 photographer as Thomas Wilson
Looks to me as though it could be connected to the temperance movement. At the bottom of the photo one of the ladies is holding a glass and the man to the left has turned his back on her and the glass.
From Barnsley Archives @BNArchive
Wilson and Bullock opened a store in May 1864 and Gordon Terrace was just off Sackville Street in Barnsley town centre.
The bottom two characters are paintings in the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley.
‘Peggy Airey’, 1843 and "Watter Joe" by Abel Hold (1815-1896)
I'm sure the local archives will be able to help identify "by Wilson and Bullock, Gordon Terrace, Barnsley."
I can see a couple of digitised images by them online - curiously found there way to Australia.
I forwarded your original post to friends in the local museum and archives - they were fascinated and I'm sure will be in touch.
I like Ian's reference to GW Wilson which seems the most likely that it is a montage of their various sittings from local personalities (or may be just anyone they have photographed) - you certainly wouldn't want that bunch as your audience at a comedy club, they're a miserable looking lot. Honestly we're far more fun in Barnsley than this picture portrays.
This looks like a photographer who saw how GW Wilson had success with local Personalities groups. GWW's first was about 1856-7 after which he produced a series of at least 9 similar images. GWW numbers the portrait images so there was a key to the personalities. You can sometime find the original CDV portrait that was included in a group and (if you don't have the key sheet) it can give an ideas about the personalities. I would look out for other CDVs by the photographer and see if you can attribute any names. Somewhere I'm sure there was a key sheet but it may now be lost in time. Perhaps a local studies library may help if you are lucky.
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