PRETTY GOLD MEDALIST FASHIONISTA IN BROMLEY, ENGLAND (1889)

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E. Davey Lavender is the photographer of this cabinet card portrait of a pretty well-dressed woman in Bromley, England. Bromley is a suburban town located outside of London, England. The woman in this photograph is is flashing a half smile as she sits beside a newspaper on a table. Edgar Davey Lavender was born in Westminster in 1855  and was married to Harriet Lavender (b 1869). Records indicate he operated his studio in Bromley in 1881 through at least 1891. In 1901 he was located in Grove Park (another suburb of London). Lavender died in 1909. Printed on the cabinet card are a few items of note. First, both the front and back of the photograph are marked (“Gold Medalist 1889”). This likely signifies that Lavender won a gold medal for his work at an exhibition in 1889. This accomplishment is being used as an advertisement. The second noteworthy item is that on the reverse of the photograph his business is referred to as “Portrait and Equestrian Studios”. It is my belief that the term “equestrian studio” means that Lavender had the ability to photograph people on horseback and produce photographic portraits of horses.

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  1. Hi, Edgar Davey Lavender’s studio data are as follows

    Equestrian Studios 1 Tweedy Buildings, Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent 1884 to 1899

    4 Tweedy Buildings, Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent 1900

    53 Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent 1901 to 1914

    Street not known, Beckenham, Kent, 1896 ALSO

    Lavender & Co 2, Albemarle Road, Beckenham, Kent, 1898 to 1915

    It was not unusual for a few studios in large towns and cities to have a second outdoor studio for taking pictures of horses and riders.


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