1870s CDV Photo by Mrs Elizabeth Higgins, Stamford Female Photographer
Mrs. Elizabeth Higgins 1828-1899 and her husband Henry Augustus Higgins (born 1822-1828, inconclusive and died in 1890), a druggist, lived in Maiden Lane, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England UK. She was listed as a photographic artist, and worked from the 1850's until the 1880's in Stamford, a rare profession for a 19th century woman. In the 1861 England census they live in the Civil Parish of St Michael. She and Henry had 2 servants. We know of one child: William Higgins, born about 1850, age one year in the 1851 census. In the 1861 census Henry A. Higgins and Elizabeth live with her mother Hannah Gooud, age 65. Their child William is not listed in the census.
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Elizabeth Higgins in the 1891 England Census
Relationship: Head (assumed her husband Henry has died)
Birth Year: 1829
Birth Place: Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Residence Place: Stamford, St George, Lincolnshire, England
Household Members: Name Age
Elizabeth Higgins, 62, "living by her own means"
Ann Hopgood, 42 photographer
Mary Hopgood, 35 photographer
William Hopgood 70, visitor, living by his own means
Mary Hopgood, 68, visitor
Louisa Peasgood 32, servant
Their nieces Annie and Mary Hopgood both lived with them, and are listed as "artists" at first and later when Henry died in 1890, they are both listed as photographers themselves. How wonderful that she passed the business onto them.
This is a beautiful old original English CDV photo was personally taken by Mrs. Elizabeth Higgins. We do not know the sitter. She is an elderly woman with ringlets in her hair, a slight smile, holding a card. The photographer's advertising backmark reads:
Mrs E. Higgins, Photographic Studio, Stamford
Copies of this picture may always be had.
Enlargements finished in oil or water colour.
(The photo mount is printed by Marion, Imp Paris)
A beautiful piece, and a wonderful early CDV photo signed by a British woman artist. It was found in Exeter, Devon, England.
The image will be sent in a new rigid CDV sleeve.
Size: 4.5 x 2.5 inches
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