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Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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Name:   PRESENTATION GRAPHICS  b:       d:
Address: 82 Queen Ediths Way, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1990
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: corporate planning, sales, presentations, lectures, training etc
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages  1990

Address:  Unit 21, Second Drove, Fengate, Peterborough
Working Dates: c. 1995
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1995

Name: PRIDGEON, Marjorie b: 1905 Oakington, Cambs. d:
Address: 230 Victoria Road, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1921
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1921 census Marjorie was a single woman living with her widowed mother, her grandmother and three siblings at 230 Victoria Road, Cambridge. She was a photographic assistant working for Palmer Clarke at Post Office Terrace, Cambridge
References: 1921 Census

Name:  PRIEST Joseph Henry   b:1878 Littlebury Essex  d:1951
Address: 10 and 11 Bridge Street, Ram Yard and 38 Trumpington Street Cambridge.
Working Dates: 1913-15
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: A member of the Cambridge and District Photographic Society whose membership commenced some time before 1917. Stationary Stores and picture dealer and amateur photographer, Some of his photographs of local scenes and events were sold as postcards. Printseller in 1915. See below an example RPPC of the interior of Kings College Chapel, Cambridge by J.H.Priest - this was postally used in 1912. In reporting his death in 1951 the Cambridge Daily News stated: "Mr Joseph Henry Priest of Waterbeach, who died suddenly aged 73, was well-known in sporting circles. Fifty years ago he was an amateur champion cyclist and for over 40 years he has been closely identified with the Cam Sailing Club. Setting up for himself as a stationer and printseller in Bridge Street, Cambridge, he continued until the First World War when he opened up the premises as a ladies’ outfitter in conjunction with Mr C.N. Mitcham. Later he took the corner premises now occupied by Messrs Peak in Fitzroy Street and carried on as ‘The Quality Shop’ and subsequently joined the firm of C.N. Mitcham’s of Chesterton. In the heyday of amateur theatricals he was a member of the Bijou Amateurs.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992. In 1901 Joseph was at 8 Bridge Street living with his brothers: Francis J Priest b:1883 Cambs and Arthur G Priest b:1887 Cambs. Joseph was a stationer working on his own account. In the 1911 census he is shown as a stationer employing others living at 10 Bridge Street Cambridge. In the 1921 Census Joseph was a draper and an employer operating from 11 Bridge Street, Cambridge. He was living on a houseboat, Freedom, at Waterbeach with his wife Mabel Kate, their two children and a housekeeper.
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 3/10/1991, 9/10/1991
Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1913, 1915. Obituary Cambridge Daily News 11.9.1951 p7
First Membership book of the Cambridge and District Photographic Society (Cambridgeshire Collection c.65.5 overflow)

Postcard by Priest of Kings College Chapel CambridgeReverse of Priest postcard

Name:  PROCTOR, (or PROCTER) George    b:1801 Cambridgeshire  d:
Address: 32 New Square Cambridge
Working Dates: 1844 - 1850s

Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: George Proctor was in the woollen, drapery and hat trade in the early 1840s. In the 1841 Census he was listed in Market Hill Cambridge as a "hatter". He was living with his wife Eliza, b:1801 Willington Bedfordshire, daughters; Eliza b:1826, Mary Ann b:1828, Fanny b:1834, Emma b:1837 and son George b:1833. Around 1844 George Proctor obtained a licence from Richard Beard, the patent holder, to use the Daguerreotype photographic process. He presumably took over this position after Heeley, the first Beard Daguerreotype licensee in Cambridge, had fled the town and his debts. George Proctor does not seem to have been any more successful and on 17th March 1845 he filed for bankruptcy. His debts amounted to £458.5.9 and assets £53.9.0. Amongst his creditors was Richard Beard who was owed £205.7.6 including bills for £50, £80 and £75 for photographic materials supplied. Beard actively pursued these debts and claimed in the Court of Bankruptcy London on May 6th 1845 that Proctor had understated in the account he had provided to the court the profits he would have made from the use of the plates he had purchased. Beard's solicitor, Mr Hoppe, argued that Proctor should have used three shillings and two pence worth of materials for a one guinea portrait and seven shillings and six pence worth for a two guinea portrait. From the materials sold to him by Beard, it was argued, Proctor should have derived a much higher income than the £80 he claimed. Proctor in turn asserted that he had to give away "a great many portraits" to establish a reputation. Beard alleged that Proctor had disposed of some unused plates to another photographer in Royston. Proctor denied this, claiming his landlord had seized around 50 plates in lieu of rent. Suspicion mounted when it was revealed that, immediately before filing for insolvency, Proctor had given all his furniture to two relatives, allegedly in return for bills of sale which they had held for over three years. The court refused him the protection of bankruptcy, taking the view that he had been trying to conceal his assets from his creditors.

Despite his debts, somehow it seems that Proctor managed to stay in business and to keep his family in the same house, but the ownership or tenancy was in the name of another member of his family. In the 1851 Census, Mary Ann Reynolds, a widow, b: 1826 at Godmanchester Huntingdonshire, was shown as the head of the household at 32 New Square. Cambridge. Mary was listed as a lodging house keeper. Living with her was her mother, George's wife Eliza Proctor, shown as the wife of a portrait taker, and siblings, Sarah b:1831, George b:1833, Emma b:1838 and Hannah b:1842. No trace has yet been found of George in the 1851 census, but the advertisement below for Daguerreotypes appeared in the Cambridge Chronicle on 27th August 1853 p 4, showing George Proctor was still operating as a licensee of Richard Beard. Again no trace has yet been found of George or Eliza in the 1861 Census and no trace of his subsequent death. George Jnr was at Shoreditch in 1861 where he was a "woollen warehouseman", married to another Eliza b:1831 Cambridge, and his younger sister Emma was living with them. Fanny was a governess with a family in Liverpool.

References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Cambridgeshire Collection TT 30.12.39
Mike Petty recounts that John Pink, his predecessor librarian at Cambridge Library, stated that George Proctor was the first commercial photographer in Cambridge
An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, Mike Petty, 4/11/1992
Slater's Directory of Cambridge 1850 shows "Proctor, George, photographic establishment 32 New Square Cambridge.
Heathcote, Bernard and Pauline A Faithful Likeness - the first photographic studios in the British Isles 1841-1855, Heathcote, 2002.
Cambridge Independent Press 10th May 1845. Cambridge Independent Press 27th August 1853 p4, 3rd September 1853 p4

Advertisement for George Proctor

Address: 4 Crown Walk Newmarket
Working Dates: c.1995
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1995

Name: PROTHEROE, Lewis Raphael. b: 3.4.1882 d: 1964
Address: 42 Cowgate, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1946-1950 in Peterborough
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In July 1897 Lewis Raphael Protheroe took over the business of his father, Thomas Protheroe, artist and photographer, at 36 Wine Street, Bristol. (Bristol Times 29 July 1897 p4). Later that year Lewis moved his operation 30 yards away to 3 Narrow Wine Street Bristol. According to The National Archives, Lewis submitted to Stationers' Hall a photograph of Queen Victoria in 1899 receiving an address outside the Council House Bristol. Lewis gave his address as 3 Narrow Wine Street, Bristol (TNA COPY 1/443/711). A number of references to Lewis's photographs appear in West Country newspapers from around 1904. By 1908 Lewis was a Captain in the Territorial Army 6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, having previously served in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion of the Regiment. (Somerset Guardian 11 Sept 1908 p7). In November 1908 Mr and Mrs Protheroe announced a studio move from Clifton Studio at 3 Merchants Road to 48 Whiteladies Road (Cliftojn and Redland Free Press 27 Nov 1908). In September 1915 Lewis was promoted to Temporary Major in the Gloucestershire Regiment and the following year he was made temporary Lt Col. In April 1917 Lewis was ordered to active service abroad. (Clifton and Redland Free Press 12 April 1917 p3). Lewis survived his time at the front and after the war was specialising in still photography in the film industry. In 1921 he was a boarder with his wife Gladys at Norland Square, Kensington, and his occupation was recorded as a photographer with the Deal [probably "Ideal"] Film Co, London. Involvement in the film industry may not have led to very secure employment as the Kinematograph Weekly 15 March 1923 p54 mentioned that Lewis, described as a good photographer, was at a loose end looking for a good organisation to join as a second cameraman. The same publication in 1926 reporteed that Lewis was in Belfast, but looking for a position with a London Studio. In the 1939 Register Lewis is recorded as a retired Lt Col Glo'ster Regiment, living with his wife, Gladys M A Protheroe at 197 Ewell Road Surbiton, Surrey. His occupation was "photographer in film industry, unemployed". Lewis first appeared in Peterborough in an advertisement in the Peterborough Standard, Friday 1 February 1946 "Secure the shadow before the substance fades. Be photographed now by Lewis Protheroe at his studio 42 Cowgate, Peterborough". A little more was disclosed in a later advert in the Peterborough Standard, Friday 22 February 1946 p2 "Have you seen the photographs at 42 Cowgate by Lewis Protheroe, late of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Gaumont British and other well known film companies". In the Peterborough Standard on Friday 7 November 1947 Lewis advertised a vacancy for a well educated young lady aged 15-17 to train as a pupil, also a second young lady with experience. In his advertisements from November 1947 Lewis added "ARPS" to his name. A number of Lewis's photos appeared in the local press and business appeared to be good. In the Peterborough Standard on Friday 28 May 1948 p5 he announced that he had entered into a partnership with an un-named highly skilled photographer who also specialised in commercial and industrial work. Later he identified the partner as the proprietor of the May Bone Studios, who was John Rozelaar. Unfortunately ill health caused Lewis to give up his business and leave Peterborough, May Bone Studios taking over the business and Lewis's negatives. Lewis Protheroe is credited by the BFI as a still photographer in 2 movies: Roses of Picardy 1928 and The Penny Pool, a Musical Merry Burlesque. He exhibited at the RPS stills from other films in 1935 (The Mystery of the Mary Celeste) and 1936 (The Mill on the Floss and Debt of Honour). He was awarded an Associateship by the RPS in 1946. (Photographic Jo Oct 1946 p234)
References: Peterborough Standard - Friday 28 April 1950 p1. Photographic Journal Nov 1935, Photographic Jo Dec 1936 p620. Interestingly in 1940 a Lewis Raphael Protheroe joined the RAFVR as a Pilot Officer. Presumably this was not the same Lewis (who would have been 58 by then.) but it raises a question whether this might be a reference to a son with the same name. .

Name:    P.T.R. (Anglia) Ltd
Address: 25 Elwyn Court, March
Working Dates: c.1970/71
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Wedding specialists. See below 1970s advertisement from The March Book 1970/71
References: The March Book 1970/71 by Regency Publicity Services Ltd, Peterborough Yellow Pages 1971

Advertisement for PTR, 1970/71

Name:  PUGH, William b: 1816 Cambridge d:1899 Cambridge
Address: 21 James Street Cambridge
Working Dates: 1861-1895
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: 1n 1851 William Pugh and his wife Mary Ann b: 1821 Cambridge were living with their three children at 4 Causeway Court Cambridge. William was a french polisher. Their children were all born in Cambridge: Jane b:1841, Benjamin b:1844, Alfred b:1850. In 1861 William was living at 21 James Street with his 4 children, the youngest being Ann b:1852 Cambridge. His wife Mary Ann had died in 1853. In 1861 William was described as a photographer. In 1871 William was still at 21 James Street, working as an "artist and photographer". Living with him were his two daughters Jane and Ann. In 1881 and in 1891, James, still a photographer, remained at 21 James Street with daughters Jane and Ann. William worked for at least 30 years in Cambridge as a photographer, he died in 1899.

The first image below is from the 1860s. The thin cream card mount and the image have both been trimmed to fit the carte into a frame. The reverse of the carte is stamped with what appears to be a hand cut rubber stamp "W.Pugh 21 James Street Cambridge." Below is a carte de visite portrait by William Pugh of Alice Marion Simpson, daughter of the Rev Charles Dashwood Goldie, later wife of Archibald Henry Simpson, Chief Judge in Equity of the NSW Supreme Court. Alice was born in 1858, and assuming she is around 13 in the photograph, the carte must date from around 1871. The mount has square corners and there is a dark blue line round the image on the face. The reverse is rubber stamped "W Pugh 21 James Street Cambridge". (Simpson Family Archive)

See below for the reverse of two other cartes de visite by William Pugh from the Cambridgeshire Collection. The first from the 1860s, the second later possibly the 1890s, both are rubber stamped with the information "W Pugh 21 James Street Cambridge". Version 1 the stamp is 22 mm wide, version 2 is 37mm. However, William did also use printed mounts. Below this is a carte de visite on a cream glossy mount with the text "W Pugh 21 James Street Cambridge" printed in red beneath the image - the reverse is blank. The carte is of an unknown man, standing beside a fur draped prop - the bowler hat beside him is 1860s to 1870s. He is holding a cane in one hand, and holding onto the fur draped prop with another, perhaps to compensate for a long exposure.

It is interesting to note that there appear to have been at least three different hand cut stamps used by the firm at different times.

References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
PO Directory of the Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Sept 1865, 1867, 1869
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 4/11/1992
Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1881, 1884, 1887, 1891, 1895.
There are two cartes de visite in the Carte de Visite Collection c.65.5 in the Cambridgeshire Collection, see below.
Note the gap in directory entries between 1869 and 1881 - but the census returns show he was still in the photographic business in 1871 and 1881 - so presumably there were omissions by Kelly’s staff?

1860s carte de visite by W Pugh Reverse of carte de visite with backstamp

W Pugh carte de visite of Alice Marion SimpsonReverse of W Pugh carte de visite

Backstamp, William Pugh version 1Backstamp W Pugh ver 2

W Pugh carte de visite

Name:    PYLE, Mr C.H. b:1830? d:
Address: Corn Exchange Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1853
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The Cambridge Independent Press on 15th October 1853, p8, reported under the heading "Peterborough": "We have been favoured with a view of several photographic portraits taken by a Mr Pyle at the Corn Exchange. The likenesses are very striking, and the portraits on the whole taken in an admirable style; we recommend persons desirous of possessing a faithful representation of themselves or their friends to pay this gentleman a visit." Mr C H Pyle advertised availability for portraits etc at the Peterborough Corn Exchange in the Stamford and Lincolnshire press. He was offering Daguerreotypes and Collodion prints. A further report of his excellent work at Peterborough appeared in the Lincolnshire Chronicle on 4th November 1853, mentioning Pyle's origin as Margate, Kent. This might mean that C H Pyle was Charles H Pyle, b: Margate 1830, a journeyman joiner in 1851 and in 1861 a joiner living at the Sportsman Tavern, St Lawrence, Ramsgate where his father was the licensee. C H Pyle ran the shooting ranges at Ramsgate and in the 1860s was a successful rifle marksman.
References: Cambridge Independent Press 15th October 1853 p8. Lincolnshire Chronicle 14/10/1853 p4, 4/11/1853 p5 and Stamford Mercury 14/10/1853 p3

Advertisement for CH Pyle 1853

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