Derbyshire Photographers Profiles : George Edgar of Chesterfield & Ashbourne
Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
George Edgar

of Chesterfield & Ashbourne

George Edgar was an early travelling photographer in Chesterfield, Ashbourne and other small Derbyshire towns, working from 1858 until 1864.

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George Edgar was born c. 1825 at Sheffield in Yorkshire.  Little is known of his family life.  He had a son George, born c. 1852 in Sheffield.

According to Adamson (1997) Edgar was in partnership with John Stringfellow taking photographs at Saltergate in Chesterfield for a brief period in December 1858 and early 1859.  After this partnership broke up, Edgar travelled to various other towns in Derbyshire, using a mobile studio.  He was recorded at Kemp's Croft, Alfreton in 1859 and in January 1860, when his tent was damaged during a thunderstorm.  Later that year, he was based at Sterland's Yard, Somercotes, at the Causeway, Wirksworth, and finally at the White Horse Inn in Ashbourne.  The 1861 Census found him lodging in Market Place of Ashbourne, and by 1864 he was operating from St John Street in Ashbourne.  Nothing at all is known about him after this date.

Image © & courtesy of Jo Bevan
Unidentified woman
by Edgar of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken 1860-1864

Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Jo Bevan


Image © & courtesy of Jo Bevan

Images kindly provided by Jo Bevan
1841-1901 UK Census - online from
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Harrison, Harrod & Co. (1860) Directory and Gazetteer of Derbyshire, London.
Anon (1870) Harrod & Co.'s Postal & Commercial Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Staffordshire. - from University of Leicester - Digital Library of Historical Directories.
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley.

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