1899 S.I. Merrick Cabinet Card Photograph, London UK Stone Mason
On reverse: "Work for me at B____ as a Mason, 21/11/99, S.I. Merrick" is handwritten in faded old dip pen ink on a yellowed paper glued to the reverse. Photo Type: Original Vintage Victorian Cabinet Card Photograph, dated 1899. Photographer: E.J. Lambert, from Elliott and Fry, 56 High St., Camden Town, North West, London, England. (Note: The Elliott & Fry photography studio is known to have employed a number of prominent photographers in the 19th and early 20th century. We do not know the actual identity of EJ Lambert, although they are known to have employed photographer Herbert Lambert in the 1920's. Sadly, during World War II the studio was bombed and all early negatives are lost in time. The National Portrait Gallery holds all surviving negatives.)
Interestingly, it was found in New England n Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA. Photo is somewhat faded, but this Merrick family member's face and features can be seen quite clearly and it is still still a beautiful historical image. Scans are enhanced and sharpened to clarity.
It is assumed (by the wonderful clue handwritten on the back) that he worked as a stone mason, and that there are American ties here. A beautiful old Merrick piece that needs more research.
Size: 4.5 by 7 inches
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