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Photographs by Herbert Watkins, Regent Street, (graphic)

Label
Photographs by Herbert Watkins, Regent Street
Title
Photographs by Herbert Watkins, Regent Street
Creator
Contributor
Former owner
Photographer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Album of photographs by Herbert Watkins of Regent Street, featuring portraits of noted people of the 1860s, and a series of photos of the annual shooting competitions sponsored by the National Rifle Association of Great Britain at Wimbledon Common, and the marksmen who participated in competitions there between 1860 and 1867.
Biographical or historical data
Victorian portrait photographer.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
The album may possibly have been a gift to Pembroke Stephens from Watkins as it opens with a portrait of the photographer himself. The first half of the album contains photographs of the Annual Meetings at Wimbledon held every year in July, beginning with a photo of Queen Victoria's son Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, who in 1863 succeeded his father, the late Prince Consort, as Patron of the National Rifle Association. There are portraits of all the champions of 1860-1867, winners of the Gold Medal or Queen's Prize (in chronological order): Edward Ross, Joseph M. Jopling, Stewart Pixley, J. Roberts, J. Wyatt, J. Sharman, Angus Cameron, and H. Lane. Also included are photographs of various teams of marksmen who competed, such as the English Eight (1862-63, 1865-66); the English Twenty (1864-65); the Scottish Eight (1862, 1864-66) and the Scottish Twenty (1864-65), Scottish dress; the Somerset Ten, 1865 winners of the China Challenge Vase (China Cup), a prize given by British residents in China; and the Irish Eight (1865). Of the teams who competed in Public Schools competitions, pictured here are the Harrow Eleven of 1863 and 1865, and the Winchester Eleven of 1863. Several photographs of Wimbledon Common during the Meetings document the lines of white tents erected for competitors and spectators, including Lord Aberdeen and his ladies, Lord Radstock, and Captain Oxley. At one end of the field, a military brass band stands ready with their instruments; in another scene, at Mr. George Norsworthy's tent, he and his friends lounge comfortably, a dog asleep at their feet, a basket of liquor bottles on the ground. In the photograph captioned "Camp Cuisine," two men prepare food and boil water on a cookstove equipped with a tall stovepipe, one man lugs pails of water, another washes dishes. In all the photos, rifles, naturally, are prominently displayed--Enfield, Rigby, and Whitworth rifles among them, as well as telescopes set on tripods. The second half of the album contains portraits of Watkins' contemporaries, including the French writer Alexandre Dumas; actor, playwright, and theater manager John Baldwin Buckstone; Lord Henry Brougham, British lawyer, abolitionist, and founder of modern Cannes; Frederick Guest Tomlins, journalist and publisher; Samuel Wilberforce, bishop of Oxford; Arthur Algernon Capel, Earl of Essex, and the actresses Susan Galton [?] and Louisa Pyne [?] in costume. The compiler of the album has even included several small carte de visite portraits of Vulcan, a black dog owned by the Prince of Wales
Technique
not applicable
Label
Photographs by Herbert Watkins, Regent Street, (graphic)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • From the webpage of the National Rifle Association of United Kingdom (www.nra.org.uk): "The National Rifle Association (now the governing body of fullbore rifle and centre-fire pistol shooting in Great Britain) was founded in 1859, originally to provide a focus for marksmanship for the newly formed corps of volunteers which had been raised to meet the perceived threat of invasion by the French....The Association organised the first set of competitions on Wimbledon Common in July 1860, on land where Earl Spencer and the Duke of Cambridge, founders of the NRA, held manorial rights. Queen Victoria fired the first shot and gave a prize of £250 for the best individual marksman. This set the pattern for the Annual Meeting which has been held every year except during the two World Wars. The Queen's Prize remains the premier award for the rifleman and the July Imperial Meeting is internationally famous."
  • Title from cover
  • Possible date of compilation of album based on dates of photographs given
  • Sixty-three large photographs (23 x 29 cm) are mounted on 61 rectos and 2 versos of 61 leaves of white paper, one to a page; 32 smaller carte de visite-size photographs (9 x 6 cm) are arranged on versos and rectos of six leaves, four or five to a page, and in one case, eight to a page. Captions added in pencil below large photos; smaller ones uncaptioned
  • Half binding of red straight grain leather boards and black leather spine and corner-pieces; gold-stamped cover title "Photographs by Herbert Watkins," with Watkins' monogram and studio address "Regent Street" encircled with gold-stamped shamrocks; dark red coated endpapers; all edges gilt
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections, UCLA
  • Additional information available on webpage of the National Rifle Association of United Kingdom (www.nra.org.uk); see also The National Rifle Association: a sketch of its history and progress, 1859-1876 by J.R. MacDonnell. London: W.J. Johnson, 1877, available online through Google Books; and Herbert Watkins photographic portraits on webpage of the National Portrait Gallery, London, at www.npg.org.uk
Color
black and white
Dimensions
36 x 31 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (95 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: unsigned presentation inscription on recto of first leaf, in red and black to Lincoln's Inn barrister, "Pembroke Stephens Esq." In modern beige cloth clamshell box.
Other physical details
albumen
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)859212084
  • ucoclc859212084
Label
Photographs by Herbert Watkins, Regent Street, (graphic)
Publication
Note
  • From the webpage of the National Rifle Association of United Kingdom (www.nra.org.uk): "The National Rifle Association (now the governing body of fullbore rifle and centre-fire pistol shooting in Great Britain) was founded in 1859, originally to provide a focus for marksmanship for the newly formed corps of volunteers which had been raised to meet the perceived threat of invasion by the French....The Association organised the first set of competitions on Wimbledon Common in July 1860, on land where Earl Spencer and the Duke of Cambridge, founders of the NRA, held manorial rights. Queen Victoria fired the first shot and gave a prize of £250 for the best individual marksman. This set the pattern for the Annual Meeting which has been held every year except during the two World Wars. The Queen's Prize remains the premier award for the rifleman and the July Imperial Meeting is internationally famous."
  • Title from cover
  • Possible date of compilation of album based on dates of photographs given
  • Sixty-three large photographs (23 x 29 cm) are mounted on 61 rectos and 2 versos of 61 leaves of white paper, one to a page; 32 smaller carte de visite-size photographs (9 x 6 cm) are arranged on versos and rectos of six leaves, four or five to a page, and in one case, eight to a page. Captions added in pencil below large photos; smaller ones uncaptioned
  • Half binding of red straight grain leather boards and black leather spine and corner-pieces; gold-stamped cover title "Photographs by Herbert Watkins," with Watkins' monogram and studio address "Regent Street" encircled with gold-stamped shamrocks; dark red coated endpapers; all edges gilt
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections, UCLA
  • Additional information available on webpage of the National Rifle Association of United Kingdom (www.nra.org.uk); see also The National Rifle Association: a sketch of its history and progress, 1859-1876 by J.R. MacDonnell. London: W.J. Johnson, 1877, available online through Google Books; and Herbert Watkins photographic portraits on webpage of the National Portrait Gallery, London, at www.npg.org.uk
Color
black and white
Dimensions
36 x 31 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (95 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: unsigned presentation inscription on recto of first leaf, in red and black to Lincoln's Inn barrister, "Pembroke Stephens Esq." In modern beige cloth clamshell box.
Other physical details
albumen
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)859212084
  • ucoclc859212084

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