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You bought his portraits and his landscapes. Now buy his house ....

Walter Kevis worked as a photographer from the 1870s to 1908. Following his marriage to Emma, they settled in Petworth, where he specialised in portrait photography. He also undertook much outdoor work too.

His shop in Lombard Street had a built-in studio made of wood and glass on the second floor where most of his photographs were taken, His wide ran the downstairs tobacconist shop. In his publicity, Kevis described himself as a "Portrait & Landscape Photographer". The bulk of Kevis's photography business was devoted to the production of studio portraits, both in the small "carte-de-visite" size and the larger "cabinet card" format, yet he was prepared to do work away from the studio, offering to take "landscapes etc" to order.

Virginia Cottage in Lombard Street is now being sold by land and property auctioneers Clive Emson in November.


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