The Studios of A. & G. Taylor (Andrew Taylor and George Taylor )

Compiled by Roger Vaughan

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One of the largest studios in the UK during the late 19th century and some will occur in most family albums - so well worth researching.


The only well dated studios are those by Michael Pritchard in his excellent A Directory of London Photographers 1841 - 1908

London

Taylor, Andrew & George
11 Cannon Street west E.C. 1866
67 Cannon Street E.C. 1867-7
2 Crwn Bdgs, Queen Victoria St E.C. 1873-75
129 Fenchurch StreetE.C. 1875-02
70 Queen Victoria Street E.C. 1874-06
153 Regent Street W. 1877-08-
62 & 64 Ludgate Hill E.C. 1881-04
25 Southwark Bridge Road S.E. 1881-89
78 Queen Victoria Street E.C. 1882-06
The company’s Forest Hill works were described in the P.N. 19 November 1880, pp. 553-554.


The firm seems to have been started in London perhaps in the 1860s and had covered the whole country by 1888.

Branches

(Spot dates only - a range of dates not yet fixed - more information needed, c.= circa so estimated )

South Wales
c.1875 Postern, opposite the Post Office, Castle St. Swansea
1884 Crown Ct., Duke St. Swansea
1884 Postern bldgs, Castle Bailey St. Swansea
1884 199 Bute St. Swansea
1884 Alfred Taylor, 199 Bute Street, Cardiff
c.1896 Cardiff and Pontypridd (Cabinet card plain back) late 1890s, 157 Commercial Street, Newport
1900, Cardiff, Pontypridd, & Bridgend
1910, 8 Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff
1910, Blaina road, Brynmowr,
1910, Talbot St. Maestig,
1910, Station Approach, Bridgend
1910, 88 High St, Merthyr Tydfil,
1910, Market Street, Pontypridd

Staffordshire:
c.1880 29 Piccadilly, Hanley.
c.1880 10 Gaol Square, Stafford

Derbyshire
c.1881 - 1903. 57 London St, - 63 London Rd, Derby

Brighton
1882 - 1902. 34 Kings Road

Leicester
c.1880. 34 Granby Street
1888 4 Friar Lane

Wolverhampton
About 1880 Taylor's took over the studio of J.H. Fox, Richmond Place, Penn Road - the studio appears short lived there, as it was taken over by J.F. Whitehouse perhaps in the late 1880s.

Birmingham
c.1880 1 New St.

Worcester
c.1880. 37 Tything

Shropshire (Salop)
c.1880. 80 King St. Wellington

Coventry
c.1880. 2 Fleet Street

Sunderland
c.1878. 15 Norfolk Street.

Leeds c.1875 c.1878. Queen Anne's Bldgs, New Briggate, Leeds

Bradford
c.1878. 72 Manningham Lane

Liverpool
c.1875 c.1884. 34 Church Street

Carnarvon
c.1884. 24 High Street

Manchester
c.1875. 60A Market Street

Glasgow
c.1864
c.1875 13 St Vincent's Place

Derby
c.1876, Royal Studio, 57 London Street
1881, Royal Studio, 57 London Street (Kellys)
c.1882, Royal Studio, 57 London Street
c.1886, 63 London Road c.1895, 63 London Road
c1896, 106 High Street, Stockton
Nottingham
1879 -1881, 1˝ Derby Road.
c.1882, 107 Parliament Street, Chapel Bar, until 1908.

Edinburgh
1878, 63 Princes Street, until c.1910


Dundee
[date] 23 High Street

Bristol
1879 , 1 Baldwin Street to c.1898
1907 Last entry 58 Baldwin Street



Bishop Aukland, Co. Durham.
c.1898, 68 Newgate Street.
c.1903, 68 Newgate Street.


Branch Lists and dates
1878-1879,Sheffield
from 1882, Doncaster

In 1878 they had branches in:
Birmingham
Carnarvon
Dublin
Glasgow
Leeds
Liverpool
Manchester
Newcastle

In 1879 they added:
Paris
USA

The following guidance for confirming the dating of cartes de visite by A & G Taylor has been provided by Colin Osman in his publication:
PhotoHistorian supplement: The Studios of A & G Taylor. (with additions and images by Roger Vaughan)
Camera and Palette 1867-1872
Royal Coat of Arms 1865-1870
Crown 1873-1880
Simple Crown 1873-1880 [square corners so before c.1878, rounded corners after)
Crown and Plume of feathers 1882-1902
Crown and Plume of Feathers 1882-1902
Royal Warrant after 1886
Crown, Plume of Feathers and Royal Coat of Arms after 1886

c.1901
Cabinet card with square corners during the change over from rounded corners about 1901.

Late Majesty - after 1901
Mentions her late Majesty and King Edward VII - so after 1902


References:
Many thanks to these websites for some of this information
Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
A & G Taylor



If you have a well-dated A. & G. Taylor let me know (see additions below).


A & G Taylor 1884
Dated 19 May 1884
Many thanks to Brett Payne


Sorry I don't have any information about this photographic studio - other than on this page - Roger Vaughan

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Roger Vaughan Personal Collection 2012