~ DECIMUS SHOOSMITH ~

D. Shoosmith, Photographer

51 ST. GEORGE'S STREET & CATHEDRAL GATE & 13 NEW ROAD, CANTERBURY

1860's - 77*

*could be later, by 1881 he was living in London

 

*There is a possibility that D. Shoosmith was "Professor Shoosmith", living in Frome for 4 months from December 1855 to March 1856 - he apparently took quite a few portraits. We are trying to find out if this is the same gentlemen. Courtesy of Tony

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In 1855 advertised in the Salisbury Journal that specimens of his photographs were on display at "Mr. Roe's, Printer, Queens Street". Shoosmith set up his studio next to the Roman Catholic Chapel (St. Osmund?) in Exeter Street. Possibly the same Decimus Shoosmith. Courtesy of Anthony

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**Note from "A Faithful Likeness" the first photographic portrait studios in the British Isles, 1841-1855 (B & P Heathcote, 2002)

SHOOSMITH - Salisbury(965) 1855: claimed to have had six years' previous experience (probably as an assistant in a large studio). This may have been Decimus Shoosmith who later worked in Canterbury for a number of years.

*if someone who has the book can look up the "965" reference we may find out more information

 

Attached is an advertisement from the Somerset & Wilts Journal of December 1855 - the 'Professor' was in Frome until end March 1856.
In the advert he is described as Professor a term he apparently used in Canterbury - we wondered if Decimus and Professor Shoosmith of Frome are one and the same. Courtesy of Tony

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"A distinguished Gentleman" my photo by D. Shoosmith, Photographer, 51 St. George's Street, Canterbury

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"A Gentleman" my photo by D. Shoosmith, Photographer, 51 St. George's Street, Canterbury

 

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"Mrs. C. Roberts" my photo by D. Shoosmith, Photographer, 51 St. George's Street, Canterbury

 

1860 AD (from John Brent, Canterbury in the olden time)

PHOTOGRAPHIC ROOMS,

CATHEDRAL GATE, CANTERBURY

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MR. DECIMUS SHOOSMITH

(Professor of Photography and Artist)

Thanks his patrons for their very liberal support for the past three

years, and respectfully solicits a continuance of their favours, and

an inspection of the Portraits he is now taking.

Specimens may be seen at the above address.

Photographs of any size, from the smallest miniature to full life

size, painted in Oil or Water-colours. Pictures copied.

 

An unnamed photograph from May & Amelia Inge's album supplied by a descendant. Some of the photographs may date back to the 1860s. May Inge was a grocer in Canterbury and a Bible thumping Methodist lay preacher. Amelia was John Hobday's daughter. John Hobday was a businessman of many trades. In 1882 an advert described him as a "Cabinet Maker, Upholster, Auctioneer, Appraiser, House Agent, House Decorator, Undertaker, &c., 60 & 61 Palace Street, Canterbury. Contractor for Removal of Furniture in Pantechnicon Vans, by Road or Rail."

An unnamed photograph from May & Amelia Inge's album supplied by a descendant. Some of the photographs may date back to the 1860s. May Inge was a grocer in Canterbury and a Bible thumping Methodist lay preacher. Amelia was John Hobday's daughter. John Hobday was a businessman of many trades. In 1882 an advert described him as a "Cabinet Maker, Upholster, Auctioneer, Appraiser, House Agent, House Decorator, Undertaker, &c., 60 & 61 Palace Street, Canterbury. Contractor for Removal of Furniture in Pantechnicon Vans, by Road or Rail."

 

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"A Distinguished Gentleman" photo by D. Shoosmith, Artist with crest, 13 New Road, Canterbury, courtesy of a frequent visitor to the site

 

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Mrs. Sarah GARDNER, 2nd wife of Robert SANKEY, by Decimus Shoosmith, Photographic Artist, Canterbury

Photo loaned by a visitor to the site, thank you!

Deaths Jun 1881 - SANKEY Sarah 83 Canterbury
Deaths Sep 1887 - SANKEY Robert 87 Canterbury

 

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"A Distinguished Gentleman with Top Hat" my photo by D. Shoosmith, Artist with Canterbury's crest, 13 New Road, Canterbury

 

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"Anna M. WILKS" 1865 my photo by D. Shoosmith, Artist with Canterbury's crest, 13 New Road, Canterbury

 

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"A Distinguished Gentleman with Top Hat 2" my photo by D. Shoosmith, Photographer, 13 New Road, Canterbury

*prior to the road being named St. George's Place

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"A Distinguished Gentleman with Top Hat 2" my photo by D. Shoosmith, Photographer, 13 New Road, Canterbury

this photograph was loaned by courtesy of the late Phoebe Louisa Sutton nee Conley

Its wonderful to see two of the same photo, we are hoping we can find out who this wonderful gentleman is.

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"Lovely lady with fancy dress" my photo by D. Shoosmith, Photographic Artist, 13 St. George's Place, New Road, Canterbury__

 

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Reverend Henry J. Parker, Courtesy of the Parker Family Collection / parker933@hotmail.com

died 1867 at age 85, he is buried in St. Gregory's Churchyard

 

1879

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Edward and Elizabeth Humphries, painted by Decimus Shoosmith, February 1879

Photographs of the paintings courtesy of Laurence Burns, finder and later photographer himself!


c. 1880's Edward Humphries is 66, and was born in Berkswell, Warwickshire.
He is an Engineer & Farmer. The family is living at Mount Pleasant Hall, Pershore, Worcestershire, which I believe is not far from where the paintings were acquired. His wife Elizabeth Humphries was 48, and she was born in Comberton, Worcestershire. The actual age difference looks comparable to the paintings.

Edward had quite the business with his brother Thomas. He won numerous prizes for both his inventions as well as for live stock entered in Agricultural Fairs. For example, in 1877 he won a prize for his horses in Liverpool.

1860 - Award of Implement prizes at Canterbury. Edward Humphries, of Pershore, Worcestershire: the Prize of Twenty Sovereigns, for his portable Combined Thrashing, Shaking, Riddling, Barley-horning, Winnowing, and Sacking Machine: invented, improved and manufactured by the exhibitor.

1879 - Local success at the Paris Exhibition. Mr. Edward Humphries of Pershore, who is an exhibitor of steam engines and thrashing machines at the exhibition, has received official notice that he is awarded a silver medal for his improved portable steam engines, and another medal for his newly designed thrashing machines. As is well-known, Mr. Humphries invariably carries a fair share of honours from the numerous shows and exhibitions at which he is represented.

Edward died the 21st of May 1885 and left 28,000 pounds in his will.

"Mr. Edward Humphries, who resided at Mount Pleasant Hall, and carried on business at the Atlas Works, Pershore, died last evening. He had been a most successful man as a manufacturer of agricultural implements, &c. was a large agriculturist, and was well known throughout the provinces. He leaves a widow and 10 children."

If anyone can confirm that the painting is indeed of Edward Humphries mentioned above we would love to hear from you.

Or if you can confirm Decimus Shoosmiths' residence when he painted the above we would be very grateful, as the four years between 1877 and 1881 we are unsure of his actual place of business.

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Lot: 440 (was showing for Sale from the Canterbury Auction Galleries, December 2013)
After Decimus Shoosmith (19th Century British) - Pair of
overpainted prints - Portraits of Edward and Elizabeth
Humphries, 23ins x 19ins, in moulded gilt frames
Estimate: £150.00 - £200.00

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INFORMATION ON DECIMUS & FAMILY

Married in 1858 to Harriet Hill in St. Luke, Middlesex, and possibly moved from there to Canterbury. He was in Canterbury already, as he thanks his patrons for there support "for the past three years" sometime in 1860.

*June 1859 christening of Ellen Harriet Shoosmith at St. Mary Northgate to Decimas and Harriet Shoosmith

In the early 1860's the family is living in St. Mary Northgate, at 50 Havelock Road. Decimus is listed as a Photographic Artist.

Nov 18, 1862 & Dec 2, 1862 - his studio near the Cathedral Gate is now closed.

1866, Feb 22, the wife of Mr. Decimus Shoosmith of 13, St. George's Place, Canterbury a daughter

April 16, 1867, at 13, St. George's Place, Canterbury, the wife of Mr. Decimus Shoosmith, of a son.

*Sept 1869, christening of Mabel Florence Shoosmith to Decimus and Harriett Shoosmith

In the 1870's he and his family are living at 13 St. George's Place. He is noted as artist and photographer.

Nov 16th, 1871, the wife of Mr. Decimus Shoosmith, of a daughter.

1871 exhibiting at the Royal Photographic Society

Nov 14, 1871, The Photographic Journal notes D. Shoosmith, at 51 St. George's Street, Canterbury...Exhibited 512, 513. Portrait, enlarged by collodion transfer D. Shoosmith

1876 - painting of D.Shoosmith up for auction, oil on canvas. Cattle, drover with donkey

19th century painting (dated), Sheep in a pasture, lake beyond (no date) & sheep resting by stream (no date)

In 1881 Decimus and his family are living in Camberwell, London, and he is working as an Portrait Painter, his daughter Amy is a Photographer's Assistant, and his sister in law Alice is his Painter's Assistant.

January 26 1883 - The British Journal of Photography.. Manchester Photographic Society, ...."The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. Mr. Shoosmith was elected a member of the Society. ....

Group of Domestic Servants. Printed on Mount. D. Shoosmith, Portrait painter and photographer, Bowdon Downs Studio. In manuscript on mount. 2492/7a (no date) - docments held at Greater Manchester County Records Office

In the 1890's the family are in Cheshire.

Amy his daughter marries in 1898, in Fulham, and by 1901 the family are shown living back in London.

*some paintings sold

River landscape with cattle and sheep at waters edge (oil on canvas) 71.12 x 91.44 cm (signed) - sold June 1998

Sheep resting by stream (oil on canvas) 15" x 19" (signed and dated) - sold Nov 1999

Cattle and sheep watering in a meadow. Sheep on a river bank. (oil on canvas) 35.56 x 45.72 cm (signed and dated) *no date noted though

 

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*In the 1858 Melville & Co. Directory there is a Mrs. Sophia Shoosmith, Dressmaker, Watling Street

A family of Shoosmith is living in Canterbury in 1881....Charles Frederick Shoosmith, with his wife and mother in Broad Street

1852 christening of Marion Shoosmith to George Frederick Shoosmith and Sophia Shoosmith

A Shoosmith family in Canterbury 1715....marriage of a Hannah Shoosmith to John Crippin

Marriage...1707 Canterbury...William Shoosmith and Hanna Uptonn, St. Mary Magdalene

A Shoosmith family in Canterbury 1681....marriage of William Shoosmith and Elizabeth Giles, St. Mary Bredin

A family of Shoosmith in Harbledown 1689

There was also an artist Thurston Laidlaw Shoosmith painting (1865-1933) any relation? (born in Northampton)

 

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There is one of his photographs in the Chertsey Museum (13 New Road, Canterbury)

The National Portrait gallery has a carte-de-visite by him of George Finch-Hatton, 11th Earl of Winchilsea

The National Gallery of Canada has one photograph - not listed

 


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