Three CDV photos of English Gentlemen, taken at the photo studio of Elliott & Fry in London UK. Based on the address, date from 1863-1885. Elliott & Fry were very well known, and the collection at the National Portrait Gallery is a who’s who of the elite of the age (Tennyson, Twain,etc...)
I have not been able to identify who these men are.
#1 Man sitting with book
Some surface scuffs, light toning
#2 Man with mutton chops
Number on back in pencil #97319. At bottom 'Marion imp. Paris'
#3 Man with tie
Number on back in pencil #53243.
All have same studio name at bottom card, and on back:
10 x 6 cm
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
Elliott & Fry (active 1863-1962), Photographers
Artist associated with 10995 portraits
The firm of Elliott & Fry was founded in 1863 by Joseph John Elliott (1835-1903) and Clarence Edmund Fry (1840-1897), who opened their first premises at 55 Baker Street where they stayed at until 1886. The firm employed a variety of operators who took the photographs, including Francis Henry Hart and Alfred James Philpott in the Edwardian era, Herbert Lambert and Walter Benington in the 1920s and 1930s and subsequently William Flowers. In the early 1940s the studio was bombed and most of the early negatives were destroyed. Shortly after the firm's Centenary in 1963 it was taken over by and amalgamated with Bassano & Vandyk. The National Portrait Gallery owns all the surviving negatives.