William Vick, Photographer

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William Vick (1833 – 1911) was a photographer for thirty-plus years, primarily at London Road in Ipswich, Suffolk County, England, and later in Hornsey, Middlesex County. Baptized August 25, 1833 in the parish of King’s Stanley, and born in Ebley, Gloucestershire, to Samuel and Mary Vick; his father’s occupation was listed as Millwright at the time of William’s second marriage. The above cropped scan shows the back of a Carte de Visite from probably around the mid to late 1870s to early 1880s. This was slightly darkened in Photoshop to bring out the detail a little better. You can see the lovely swirl pattern of the card backing. See the previous post “Dr. ‘R’ of H.M.S. Penelope”  for full Carte de Visite info.

William Vick was first married to Joyce (maiden name Webb per an Ancestry family tree) around 1858. They had three sons (per same Ancestry tree) Charles William, Henry John and James Walford Vick. The 1861 England census shows William Vick, occupation Schoolmaster, wife Joyce, and one-year old Charles, living in Cainscross, Gloucestershire.

William’s second marriage was to Mary Ann Agar on August 26, 1865, at St. Marylebone church in Middlesex County. Their marriage record shows William as a widower, still working as a schoolmaster, and residing in Cainscross.The bride’s father, Henry Agar, was a hotel keeper at this time. William and Mary Ann had three children, William Henry, Eleanor Mary and Annie M. Vick. William Vick changed careers to Photographer sometime after his second marriage and before the 1871 census was taken.

The 1871 shows William, Photographic Artist, about 38 years old; wife, Mary Ann, about 35, born in Mary le bone, Middlesex; and four-year old Henry William Vick, born in Cainscross, Gloucestershire; and nine-month old Eleanor Mary Vick, born in Ipswich, Suffolk; also with the family is Mary Ann Leyeant, servant, age 24. The address is London Road (corner house, no house number), Ipswich, St. Matthew’s Parish.

An 1874 city directory shows William Vick, Photographer with address listed as Clarkson Street (just north of London Road) but all other various directories found after this (1875 – 1892) show London Road.

The 1881 census shows William, Photographic Artist, and family at the same London Road, corner house address with the additional family member by now, daughter Anne M. Vick, born Ipswich, about 1874. Also with them is household servant, Sarah Ristruck, age 24.

The 1891 lists William as Photographer, wife Mary Ann, and daughters Eleanor, now age 20, and Annie M., about 17 years old. Rather comically, Eleanor’s occupation is listed as “Kinder Garten Student” (what was the name of that Adam Sandler movie? Billy Madison 🙂  ) But we’d assume the census taker meant either kindergarten teacher or a student studying to be a kindergarten teacher.

The 1901 census shows William, Photographer, wife Annie, son William H., age 34, occupation Architect and daughter Eleanor (no occupation given). The family is by now living in Hornsey, Middlesex County, and William Vick is working from home.

The 1911 census for Merton, Surrey County shows William, widower and Retired Photographer, at St. John’s Lodge (Nursing Home.)

William Vick died at age 77, on April 15, 1911 at St. John’s Lodge. It’s always a little sad to come across the death information, after getting to know the person slightly through their records. But, we’ll be on the lookout for more examples of William’s work, at any upcoming (and the ever-so addictive) vintage paper fairs.

Update:  Click here for notes taken from The Ipswich Journal and more information about the photographer’s work.

Sources:   Gloucestershire Archives; Gloucester, England; Reference Numbers: P190 IN 1/6. Ancestry.com. Gloucestershire, England, Baptisms, 1813-1913.

Census Returns of England and Wales, 1861. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1861. Class: RG 9; Piece: 1771; Folio: 47; Page: 16; GSU roll: 542865. (Ancestry.com)

Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1921. London Metropolitan Archives, London. London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Marylebone, Register of marriages, P89/MRY1, Item 238. (Ancestry.com)

Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1871. Class: RG10; Piece: 1750; Folio: 5; Page: 1; GSU roll: 830780. (Ancestry.com)

White’s Professional and Commercial Advertising Directory, 1874. p. 135. (Ancestry.com. UK, City and County Directories, 1766-1946.)

The Post Office Directory of Suffolk, 1875. p. 854. (Ancestry.com. UK, City and County Directories, 1766-1946.)

Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1881. Class: RG11; Piece: 1868; Folio: 77; Page: 1; GSU roll: 1341451(Ancestry.com)

Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1891. Class: RG12; Piece: 1466; Folio: 67; Page: 1; GSU roll: 6096576(Ancestry.com)

White’s Index of Places, 1892. p. 483. (Ancestry.com. UK, City and County Directories, 1766-1946.)

Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives, 1901. Class: RG13; Piece: 1245; Folio: 24; Page: 40. (Ancestry.com)

Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA), 1911. Class: RG14; Piece: 3453; Schedule Number: 54. (Ancestry.com)

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966. (Ancestry.com)

William Vick (1833 – 1911). Early-Photographers. Web accessed April 5, 2015. [http://www.early-photographers.org.uk/Studio%20-%20Vick.html]

6 thoughts on “William Vick, Photographer

  1. Annie Maud Vick born at Ipswich 21 June 1873 – 1939 Identity card register and GRO.
    Was of 18 Church Road, Bournemouth when she died at 36 St Catherine’s Street, Southbourne, Hampshire on 10 May 1952, spinster – Wills leaving £526

  2. Hi Anne

    Too late for the Early Photographic Studios website (http://www.early-photographers.org.uk/Studio%20-%20Vick.html), which Robert Pols is no longer updating, I discovered that William Vick left Ipswich in 1899, a few months after selling his home. An auction notice in the Ipswich Journal on 5 November 1898 (page 4, column 1) gave this description:

    Fronting the junction of Seven Streets.
    A commandingly situate CORNER PREMISES,
    opposite St. Matthew’s Street, at the junction
    of the London Road and Clarkson Street and
    near the Norwich Road, with total Street
    Frontages of 277 feet and area of 22 Rods. It
    comprises a brick-built-and-slated RESI-
    DENCE, with 9 Bed and Sitting Rooms, Bath
    Room, two w.c.s, Kitchen, and Offices. A
    light and negative printing and dark rooms.
    At the rear a Stable and Chaise House and

    The property was sold for £1,650 on 17 November 1898 to Mr R. J. Turner (Ipswich Journal, 19 November, page 5, column 2) who is listed there (at Barrack Corner, Clarkson Street) in later editions of Kelly’s Suffolk directory as a dealer in antique furniture etc. By 2017 its value was in the region of £325,000 (https://readercommercial.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/1-3-Barrack-Corner-Ipswich-February-2017.pdf).

    The Ipswich Journal reported the retirement of the town’s “well-known photographic artist” on 24 December 1898 (page 5, column 4):

    “… Mr. Vick leaves the town early in February, and as he is in possession of many thousands of negatives of portraits of past and present residents, he makes an offer through our advertising columns to-day, whereby they may become the property of the sitters or their relatives.”

    W. Vick’s “important photographic notice” in the same newspaper (page 4, column 3) was written in the third person on 20 December at London Road. Warning that “it will be impossible for him to hold out this offer any longer than the first week in February next”, he explained why he had decided to make it:

    “Anyone whose portrait he has had the pleasure of taking will have the first opportunity of securing the negatives of themselves or of any deceased relative at a very low price; or anyone who orders and pays for half a dozen cartes or cabinets of themselves or deceased relatives will be given the negative free of any extra charge. He makes this offer so that the negatives shall not fall into the hands of anyone who might possibly misuse them.”

    Fortunately, many of his glass negatives and related items have survived in the custody of the Suffolk Record Office, but public access has been restricted because of their fragility.

    The photographs in William Hunt’s Descriptive Handbook of Ipswich and the Neighbourhood, edited by J. E. Taylor in 1873, were taken by William Vick, whose advertisement is on page 151 of Google’s downloadable PDF file (https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=5RaGoq86LHIC).

    I will add details of Dr Ring to your post about his carte de visite.


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