Derbyshire Photographers Profiles : William Johnson of Long Eaton
Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
William Johnson & Arthur Farnsworth

of Long Eaton

William Johnson operated a studio in the High Street, Long Eaton from 1890 to 1891, and was briefly in partnership with Arthur Farnsworth.

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William Johnson was born c. 1866 in York.  He set up a studio in Long Eaton prior to 1891, and a trade directory of that year - presumably compiled in late 1890 - showed his studio on the High Street.  On census night in April 1891, however, he was sharing lodgings at 1 Stanley Terrace in Long Eaton with another photographer, Arthur Farnsworth.  A carte de visite is known (see below) taken under the auspices of the partnership of Johnson & Farnsworth.  William Johnson was married in 1892, and a daughter was born at Wakefield in 1894. It appears that he did not work as a photographer much after 1892 either. Certainly by 1899 he had returned to Long Eaton and was a partner in a lace manufacturing business, Marshall & Johnson. The 1901 Census shows him him with wife, daughter and a domestic servant, living at 128 Derby Road; the trade directory identifies this as Westfield House. The Marshall half of the business was probably Joseph Marshall (born c. 1871 in Mansfield, Notts) who was living at 134 Derby Road in 1901, three doors down from William Johnson. 

Arthur Farnsworth was born c. 1865 at York, the oldest son of William Farnsworth (1838-1874) and Jane Hart.  He married Christiana Greenwood in the Registration District of Wharfedale, West Riding of Yorkshire, in the first quarter of 1892, and had three children in Shipley, Yorkshire between 1893 and 1900.  By the time of the census in April 1901, Arthur was working as a railway carriage painter in the Borough of York.  It seems likely, therefore, that his foray into Derbyshire was brief, and that his career as a photographer probably did not last much later than 1891.

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Unknown young man
by Johnson & Farnsworth
of Long Eaton
Date unknown but probably c. 1891
Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified building, probably in Long Eaton
by Johnson & Farnsworth of Long Eaton
Undated, but probably taken c. 1888-1890
Format: Large format mounted print
Size: Mount 156 x 200 mm Photo
110 x 140 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes: see Photo-Sleuth article

Images provided by Brett Payne & John Bradley
1841-1901 UK Census - online from
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1895) History, Topography, and Directory of Derbyshire, T. Bulmer & Co. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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