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Robert H.P. Preston of Penzance & Truro
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Robert Hawker Peniel Preston was born in 1838 at Painswick in Gloucestershire. He started working as a photographic artist as a young man, and by 1861 was lodging at 1 South Terrace, Madron, Penzance. In 1864 he married Harriet Ann Snell Body at Penzance, and they had at least seven children.

Robert Hawker Peniel PRESTON b. c.Feb 1838 Painswick GLS m: c.Aug 1864 Penzance COR Harriet Ann Snell BODY b. c.1843 Callington COR
|- John H. PRESTON b. c.1864 Madron COR
|- Susan Mary Gertrude PRESTON b. c.Feb 1868 Penzance COR
|- Robert Joseph PRESTON b. c.Feb 1871 Penzance COR
|- George Vincent H. PRESTON b. c.Feb 1873 Penzance COR
|- Katherine Lucy PRESTON b. c.Feb 1875 Penzance COR
|- Richard Harold PRESTON b. c.May 1877 Penzance COR
|- Stafford Michael PRESTON b. c.Nov 1880 Madron COR

In the early to mid-1860s Preston formed a partnership with Samuel Poole of Teignmouth & Exeter. They advertised in an 1864 trade directory, using the same South Terrace address, and appear to have operated from the mid-1860s until at least the early 1870s. Cartes de visite are included below by "Preston & Poole of Penzance and Truro," indicating that they also had a studio in Truro. Robert Preston himself continued working as a photographer until at least 1901. The census of that years shows his son Richard walso working in the studio.

If you have any further information about Robert Preston and his studio, or if you have any photographs by him, please email me. I welcome contributions of images to increase the variety of coverage on this site. If you are able to identify or have an interest in any of the subjects in the photographs shown below, I would also be very keen on hearing from you.
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
Type I
Used c. early to mid-1860s
Sun with motto, "E Lumine Vita"
single font
Brown ink on white card

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Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: prestonpoole01
Source: Shallcross Album, Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Preston and Poole, of Penzance
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type I (brown on white) - sun with motto, "E Lumine Vita," single font.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1862-1865
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified middle-aged man with beard and moustache, full length standing portrait with pedestal.


Indexed 1841- 1901 Census Images from
Partial Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD

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