Some of his 11 children had emigrated to the USA in 1874 - he, his wife Eliza Doige Dean and other children arrived in New York in Oct 1877, he and most of his family moved onto Cleveland, Ohio where he died following an elevator accident, in 1891. Born Liverpool, christened St Martin's, Everton and came to Douglas with parents c. The Photographic archive at St Andrew's University includes a number of Cartes-de-visite showing Manx topographic views which they date to the mid to late 1860s, if correct then it would appear he set up in business in his early twenties (possibly confusion with father also G. 1906: advert in Io M Times states shop on Queens Promenade but no fiurther reference found (other shops were Victoria Street Broadway) have seen CBC with Gelling Bros Queens Promenade Douglas they were chemists and otherwise unknown as photographers - were they an outlet for Spence Lees (or Art Photographic Co) or another photographer? 1869 - 62 Strand St (Advert in Io M Times, April 1869 onwards) - also offers portraits in oils by Mr W.Not clear if he ever used the Athol St studio as G. Siddals late of Derby)1887 Harrison, Henry Photographic Studio Granville Street.Bradshaw, Artist (Portrait & Landscape), is shown as a lodger at Margaret Gelling's boarding house at 13 Mount Havelock 1881: Mount Havelock 1883: Mount Havelock 1887: 40 Finch road 1889: 40 Finch road 1893 40 Finch road, Photographic studio now conducted by Mr. There may be some confusion with a son as one source states he was still operating a studio in Capetown as late as 1897, whereas he moved to Douglas c.1885 and is found in both 18 censuses - married Mary Ann Woodman (who died between 18) - a son Gilbert is noted as a photographic assistant. Backwell advertised in his guide of 1861 that he has made arrangements for the publication of 'a valuable series of large Photographic Views from negatives by James Burman'.[see entry in Royal Commonwealth Society Photograph Collection ] 1887: 10 Finch road 1889: 10 Finch road 1894: 10 Finch road 1902: Harris Promenade (next to Gaiety) - it is possible that by this year Bruton and Warburton were the same company as Warburton is advertising as operating from this address in 1899Earliest Manx photographer, clerk to Tynwald from 1851, interested in many new scientific ideas, e.g. His collection of Glass Slides, dating from 1851, is in the Manx Museum - selections from this have recently(Jan/Feb 1999) been published by Manx Newspapers. Born Lezayre, 1871c: 26 Finch Road 1881c: address 26 Finch Road, Douglas 1881: 26 Finch Road 1883: 25 Finch road [?Initially (until c.1890) most photographs would be cartes-de-visite which were small approximately 80mm x 40mm portrait views on thick card with the back given over to an impressive engraved advertisement for the photographer; later the larger Cabinet Cards (165 x 110mm) became the norm.Often some indication of a date can be obtained by looking at the address or other information (e.g.The Island and especially Douglas, saw a major tourist boom in the late 1870s and 1880s - many non-Manx portrait artists came across but soon found that photography was the most popular with the tourists (most of whom would be mill operatives from the North of England).
)An Advert for Derby Castle in 1889 Directory gives as one of its attractions - "The Great Collection of Manx Pictures Upwards of Thirty in number, embracing the most Picturesque Scenery on Mona's Isle painted specially for this Establishment by Franz Hoepfner, the celebrated Continental Artist.
Photographers were mostly based in Douglas (by 1890s Finch Road was a Photographers' enclave) with a few in Ramsey; in a couple of cases they had other studios off the Island.
Any age information is drawn from 1881 other census returns - if no town given Douglas is assumed.
'Douglas Centenary' (p43) states that a Mr W Cottier Cubbon of Liverpool was refused permission to operate a 50 seat cimematographic pavillion on Douglas Head, but give no date He is found in Liverpool Directories at 175a London Rd Liverpool 1896-1908 (thanks to Son of John Cowen, dyer; born 1865, in 1881 census as 'Photographer' (aged 16) living with parents at 27 Prospect Hill, Douglas Produced many fine views, especially of North of Island; many were used by the major postcard manufacturers.
One speciality was specially posed photographs, usually of pretty young women, to illustrate Manx life (e.g. On back of one card states "from Mr Abel Lewis" so possibly he served apprenticeship here ?