TWO ADORABLE CHILDREN IN LONDON, ENGLAND: GORDON AND PEARL ENCOUNTER A CAMERA

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Two adorable children pose for the camera at the Wiedhofft studio in London, England. The kids don’t look very comfortable during their photo shoot but try their best to cooperate with the photographer. The children are cute and dressed fashionably. The person that dressed them seems to have favored lace. The little girl’s bonnet has two long “tails” streaming down to below her knees. Note that the little girl is holding the boys arm in a bid for security. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph (see image below) provides some clues to the children’s identity.The children are siblings and their names are Gordon (age 4) and Pearl (age 2). Their last name appears to be Pascoe and their father’s name was Roger. Identity information was provided by “Marion Cook” who signed the back of the photograph. The photographer of this portrait was Frederick Wiedhofft and his studio was established in 1879. The back stamp indicates he operated three studios in London. Wiedhofft was born in 1854 in Clerkwell, England. He died in London in 1910. He was married twice. His first wife was Clio Newton and their wedding was in 1880. His second wife was Maria Wedlake who he married in 1899. Maria was listed as his housekeeper in the 1891 census and like Frederick, she was a widow. Wiedhofft began his work career working in a family business that sold oils and paints. He became a photographer in 1897. After Frederick died, his step-son, William Henry Orme Wedlake took over the photography business.

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