3 thoughts on “A Victorian Portrait by A & G Taylor

  1. I have a photo of my paternal grandma, Annie Little, née Acomb, taken in 189? when she was aged 1. On the reverse is:
    “A & G. Taylor, Artistic Photographers.
    Artists in Platinotype, Bromide and Carbon.
    The Largest Photographers in the World.
    By Special Royal Warrant Photographers to H.M.The Queen.
    106. High Street, Stockton-on-Tees and 55 Lynn St., West Hartlepool”


  2. This is a comment from elsewhere on this site,
    Stan Hilton on January 23, 2005 at 12:00 am said:
    A little more info on A&G Taylor, Photographers. The business at 106 High Street, which would be very close to the corner of Ramsgate was opened in 1880 and was one of a chain of 70 studios nation-wide in major cities and towns. First established by Andrew and George Taylor in London in 1864 who were soon billing themselves as the “The largest photographers in the world” adding outlets in America and Paris. They became photographers to the Queen in 1886. The Stockton studio closed in 1911 which I originally thought was because Stewarts Clothiers was rebuilt and extended on the site in 1912 but more significantly I think it may have been because of the death of George Taylor in 1911.


  3. A. & G. Taylor was a British photographic business, and manufacturer of cabinet cards and cartes de visite, and later picture postcards.

    In 1866, the photographers Andrew Taylor (1832–1909)[1] and George Taylor opened their first studio in London’s Cannon Street. They expanded to have 30 outlets in major British cities and some in the US. In 1886, they received a Royal Warrant, and became self-proclaimed “Photographers to the Queen”.[2]

    By 1901, they were producing picture postcards, using four different series, the Reality Series of greetings, children, actresses, and military themes, as real photo postcards, the Carbontone Series of black and white printed views and greetings, the Orthochrome Series of views and greetings, printed in tinted halftone, and a Comic Series. After 1914, they moved their main studio to Hastings, but may have closed by 1918


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