Worthing Photographers (E2)

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David Robert Everest (D. Robert Everest) - active as a photographer in Worthing between 1881 and 1884

David Robert Everest (1852-1925)

David Robert Everest was born at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in 1852, the son of Mary and David Everest, a piano tuner, piano repairer and music seller. David Everest senior (born c1814, Ashurst, Kent) had married Mary Ockenden (born 1814, Epsom, Surrey) at the Old Church, St Pancras, London on 18th January 1836. During the early years of their marriage, David and Mary Everest lived in Camberwell, London, where their first two children were born - Mary Jane Everest (born c1837) and Elizabeth Isabella Everest (born 1840). By 1845, David and Mary Everest had moved to Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the birthplace of their first son Thomas Henry Everest [The birth of Thomas Henry Everest was registered in the district of Tonbridge during 3rd Quarter of 1845]. David Robert Everest, the couple's second son, was born in Tunbridge Wells during the 2nd Quarter of 1852.

By 1855, David Everest senior, a pianoforte tuner and piano repairer by trade, had established a "music warehouse" in Chapel Place, Tunbridge Wells. Kelly's 1855 edition of the Post Office Directory of Kent, lists David Everest as a pianoforte tuner, pianoforte repairer and music seller at Chapel Place, Tunbridge Wells, and Melville's Directory of Kent, published in 1858, records David Everest as the proprietor of a music warehouse in Chapel Place. By 1881, David and Mary Everest's children had grown up, married and left home. At the time of the 1881 census, David Everest senior and his wife were living at 7 Nevill Terrace, Frant, Sussex. Although living across the county border in the Sussex village of Frant,  David Everest and his wife Mary, who worked as a stay maker, continued to conduct their business in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Kelly's 1882 Directory of Kent, records David Everest senior as a pianoforte tuner at 7 Montacute Road, Tunbridge Wells. Mrs Mary Everest is listed as a "stay maker" at the same address. Mrs Mary Everest died in Frant in 1882, aged 67. David Everest senior carried on working as a piano tuner until his death in 1887 at the age of 73. [The death of David Everest senior at his home in Frant was registered in the district of Ticehurst during the 4th Quarter of 1887].

David Robert Everest - Photographer in Tunbridge Wells

David Robert Everest (born 1852, Tunbridge Wells), David Everest senior's youngest son, had trained as a hairdresser, but by the early 1870s he was also working as a photographer. The 1871 census describes 18 year old David Everest as a "Photographer's Assistant". David Robert Everest is recorded as a photographer at 20 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent from around 1871 until about 1875.

In 1874, David Robert Everest married Fanny Winnifrith (born 1855, Tunbridge Wells) in their home town of Tunbridge Wells. [The marriage of  David Robert Everest and Fanny Winnifrith was registered in the district of Tunbridge during the 4th Quarter of 1874]. The couple's first child, Catherine Fanny Everest was born in Tunbridge Wells during the 4th Quarter of 1875. David and Fanny Everest's second child, a son named Herbert Robert Everest was born in Tunbridge Wells in 1878. [The birth of Herbert Robert Everest was registered in the district of Tunbridge during the 3rd Quarter of 1878].

[ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of a young couple photographed by David Robert Everest of 20 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. (c1874) [ABOVE] The publicity printed on the reverse of a carte-de-visite portrait produced by David Robert Everest of 20 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. (c1874)

PHOTO : Courtesy of Michael Sassen of N1 Books

Around 1876, David Robert Everest acquired the Alpha Studio at 40 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, the former photographic portrait studio of Edward Sims (born c1837, Swansea), a photographer who had been working in Tunbridge Wells since 1864.

At the time of the 1881 census, David Robert Everest was recorded as a  "Photographer & Hairdresser" at 40 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells. The young photographer is shown living with his twenty-five year old wife, Mrs Fanny Everest, and their two children - Catherine, aged 5, and two year old Herbert.

In 1881, twenty-eight year old David Robert Everest was employing three people - William Frugley (born c1855, Buckfastleigh, Devon), an assistant hairdresser, a young photographer's apprentice named Charles Rogers (born c1863, Leamington, Warks.) and Elizabeth Harbour, a teenage house servant from Tunbridge Wells.

Sometime in 1881, David Robert Everest sold his hairdressing and photographic business at 40 Grosvenor Road to Henry Jenkins (born 1838), a photographer and hairdresser from Wallingford, Berkshire. ( Henry Jenkins was assisted in his business by his seventeen year old daughter Annie Jenkins,  a "Photographer & Hairdresser's Assistant" who, six years later, married Walter James Gardiner. In 1893, Walter and Annie Gardiner were to establish a photography business in Bath Place, Worthing). Towards the end of 1881, David Robert Everest arrived in Worthing and established a photographic portrait studio at Connaught House, 53 Chapel Road, Worthing.

[ABOVE] The trade plate of the photographer David Robert Everest of Connaught House, 53 Chapel Road, Worthing, taken from  the reverse of a carte-de-visite photograph (c1881). During his time in Worthing, David Robert Everest dropped his first name and traded under the name of "Robert Everest".
 

[ABOVE] A carte-de-visite showing a hairdresser at work (c1880).  David Robert Everest combined his skills as a hairdresser and photographer between 1870 and 1881.
 

[ABOVE] The trade plate of the photographer David Robert Everest of the Alpha Studio, 40 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells (c1880).
 

The Photographic Work of David Robert Everest of 20 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

[ABOVE] A stereographic slide of The Parade, Tunbridge Wells, photographed by David Robert Everest of 20 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (c1874)

[ABOVE] A cabinet portrait of the civil engineer  Carey Thomas Brown (c1823-1877) by David Robert Everest of 20 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (c1872). The subject of the photograph  Carey Thomas Brown was born in Southampton, Hampshire around 1823. Carey Thomas Brown, a Captain in the Royal Engineers, married Anne Oakley (born c1834) in Southampton in 1852. After a few years in Lewisham, Kent, Carey Thomas Brown and his family moved to St Helier, Jersey, where he worked as a civil engineer. By 1871, Carey and Annie Brown and their seven children were living near Tunbridge Wells in Kent. In 1872, Carey Thomas Brown emigrated to New Zealand where he worked as an engineer for a railway company and as a civil engineer for the Public Works Office. Carey Thomas Brown committed suicide in Porirua, New Zealand on 4th July 1877.

Photo: National Library of New Zealand

[ABOVE] A stereographic slide of buildings in Tunbridge Wells, photographed by David Robert Everest of 20 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (c1874)

Photos: World of Stereo Views

 
Stereoscopic views produced by David Robert Everest of Tunbridge Wells, together with stereoscopic slides by other professional photographers based in Kent and Sussex can be seen at Jenny & Ray Norman's wonderful website, World of Stereo Views. Click on the links below to enter World of Stereo Views or the web pages devoted to the South Coast Of England.

World of Stereo Views

 Stereoscopic Slides of Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire

 
 

Cartes-de-visite by David Robert Everest of 20 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (1871-1876)

[ABOVE] A carte-de-visite of an elderly man wearing a top hat,  photographed by David Robert Everest of 20  Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells (c1877). The trade plate of  "D. Everest, Photographic Artist" which appears on the reverse of the cdv is shown on the right. [ABOVE] The trade plate of David Robert Everest, Photographic Artist of 20  Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells (c1877). David Everest's publicity on this carte refers to photographic landscapes, "Views of the Neighbourhood" and his portrait enlargement service. [ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of a young woman leaning on a reading desk, photographed by David  Everest of Tunbridge Wells (c1871). The reverse of this carte-de-visite is blank, but the front of the mount is embossed "D. EVEREST, TUNBRIDGE WELLS". [ABOVE] The trade plate of David Robert Everest, Photographic Artist, 20 Mount Ephraim and 40 Royal Parade, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (c1876). This trade plate was printed on the reverse of a topographical cdv. David Everest also offered to take photographs of residences, groups, equestrian portraits and tombs
 

 Topographical Cartes-de-visite by David Robert Everest of Tunbridge Wells, Kent

[ABOVE] The trade plate of David Robert Everest, Portrait and Landscape Photographer, of 20 Mount Ephraim and 40 Royal Parade, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (c1876)

[ABOVE] Hever Castle, Kent, a carte-de-visite by David Everest of Tunbridge Wells, Kent (c1876)

[ABOVE] The Footbridge over 'High Rocks' at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, by David Everest, Portrait & Landscape Photographer, 10  Mount Ephraim Terrace, Tunbridge Wells (c1874). The reverse of this carte-de-visite is shown on the right. [ABOVE] The trade plate of David Robert Everest, Portrait & Landscape Photographer, 10  Mount Ephraim Terrace, Tunbridge Wells (c1874). This is the trade plate shown on the reverse of the carte-de-visite illustrated on the left.
 

Carte-de-visite Portraits by D. Robert Everest of the Alpha Studio, 40 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (1876-1881)

[ABOVE] A carte-de-visite of a seated man, photographed by David Robert Everest at the Alpha Studio, 40 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells (c1878). Negative No. 9521. The trade plate of  "D. Everest, Art Photographer" which appears on the reverse of the cdv is shown on the right. [ABOVE] The trade plate of the photographer David Robert Everest of the Alpha Studio, 40 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells (c1878). Negative No. 9521. According to Roger Vaughan, a knowledgeable collector of cdvs, the "Bamboo & Roses" design was introduced around 1874. [ABOVE] A carte-de-visite of a seated young man, photographed by David Robert Everest at the Alpha Studio, 40 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (c1877).  The trade plate of  "D. Robert Everest, Art Photographer" which appears on the reverse of the carte-de-visite, is shown below. [ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of a young woman, photographed by David Robert Everest in Tunbridge Wells. Everest has overprinted his trade plate on his predecessor's card stock (c1876). "D. Robt. Everest, Alpha Studio, 40 Grosvenor Road" is rubber-stamped on the reverse

[ABOVE] The trade plate of the photographer David Robert Everest of the Alpha Studio, 40 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells (c1879). David Everest started to include the Royal Coat of Arms and the words "Under Royal Patronage" in his publicity after he photographed  the Marquis & Marchioness of Lorne around 1877. [ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of a young woman in an oval frame, photographed by David Robert Everest of the Alpha Studio, 40 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells (c1879). An inscription on the reverse identifies the sitter as "Emily" daughter of "Mrs Green". (See illustration on the left). [ABOVE] The trade plate of the photographer David Robert Everest of the Alpha Studio, 40 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells (c1877). David Robert Everest had succeeded the veteran photographer Edward Sims (1837-1906) at the Grosvenor Road studio. Everest  includes the Royal Coat of Arms and the words "Under Royal Patronage". [ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of a young woman, photographed by David Robert Everest of the Alpha Studio, 40 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells (c1878). The trade plate on the reverse states that "D. R. Everest, Art Photographer" was "successor to Edward Sims".
 

David Robert Everest - "Royal Photographer"

[ABOVE] A photograph of Princess Louise (Marchioness of Lorne and Duchess of Argyll) and John George Campbell, Marquis of Lorne (later 9th Duke of Argyll), published to mark the couple's engagement in 1870. This double portrait was produced by Royal Photographers William & Daniel Downey. Princess Louise (1848-1939) was the sixth child of Queen Victoria. Princess Louise married John Campbell, Marquis of Lorne (1845-1914) on 21st March 1871. From 1878 until 1883, John Campbell was Governor General of Canada.

From around 1878, David Robert Everest claimed to be under "Royal Patronage". Cartes-de-visite produced at David Robert Everest's Alpha Studio in Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells carry the Royal Coat of Arms and the phrase "Under Royal Patronage". When Everest moved to Worthing, he named his premises at 53 Chapel Road, Worthing the "Royal Art Studio" and declared in his publicity that he was "Patronized by H. R. H. the Princess Louise and the most noble the Marquis of Lorne".

Evidence suggests that around 1877 David Robert Everest either took portraits of Princess Louise and John Campbell, Marquis of Lorne or he presented a gift of his photographs to the couple. It is likely that after the Marquis of Lorne and Princess Louise acknowledged receipt of the photograph, David Robert Everest took the opportunity to claim Royal Patronage in his publicity. This was a common ploy used by professional photographers in Victorian Britain. For instance, George Churchill, a photographer in Eastbourne advertised himself as a "Photographer to the Royal Family" purely on the basis of having taken some photographs of  Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse, a daughter of Queen Victoria, while she was staying at Compton Place in Eastbourne. In fact, George Churchill, like Everest, was not an official "Royal Photographer" and was never granted a Royal Warrant, which would have conferred the right to claim royal patronage and to display the Royal Arms on photographic mounts.

Although (David) Robert Everest used the Royal Arms in his publicity and stated that his Royal Art Studio at 53 Chapel Road, Worthing, was patronized by H. R. H. Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne, he was never granted a Royal Warrant, which would have legitimatized his use of the The Royal Coat of Arms on his photographs.

[ABOVE] Claims of "Royal Patronage" in the publicity on the reverse of a carte-de-visite photograph produced by David Robert Everest of the Alpha Studio, 40 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells.
 

[ABOVE] The publicity on the reverse of a carte-de-visite photograph produced by David Robert Everest of Connaught House, 53 Chapel Road, Worthing (c1881). During his time in Worthing, David Robert Everest dropped his first name and traded under the name of "Robert Everest". Although (David) Robert Everest used the Royal Arms and stated that his Royal Art Studio in Chapel Road was patronized by H. R. H. Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne, he was never granted a Royal Warrant, which would have legitimatized his use of the The Royal Coat of Arms on his photographs.
 

D. Robert Everest - Photographer in Worthing

By October 1881, David Robert Everest and his family had moved to the West Sussex seaside resort of Worthing. Under the name of 'Robert Everest', the twenty-nine year old photographer opened a photographic studio in Connaught House, a building situated at 53 Chapel Road, Worthing.

An advertisement in Deacon's Court Guide and Blue Book, which was published on 31st October 1881, declared that Mr Robert Everest's studio at Connaught House was a place where 'Photography' and 'Art' were combined. Dropping his first name of David, Robert Everest gave the grand name of the 'Royal Art Studio' to his establishment in Chapel Road. Both his advertisements and his photographic mounts carried either The Royal Crown or the Royal Coat of Arms, proclaiming that his services had been "Patronized by H.R.H. the Princess Louise and the most noble the Marquis of Lorne". Despite his Royal connections, Mr Robert Everest promised his customers that he could offer "High Class Productions at Most Moderate Charges".

Robert Everest's prices are detailed in the Deacon Blue Book advertisement and the photographer's publicity in local newspapers. In 1881, a dozen carte-de-visite portraits could be purchased at Everest's studio for 7s 6d, whilst a half-dozen portraits in cabinet size were offered for 12s 6d. By October 1883, Robert Everest had reduced his prices dramatically; a dozen cartes were now priced at 5 shillings and a dozen cabinet portraits could be obtained for just 12 shillings. [During the same period, a second-class studio such as Horrex & Bird of Hastings, was charging 10s 6d for a dozen cartes-de-visite and 20 shillings for 12 cabinet portraits]. In addition to cartes-de-visite and cabinet portraits, Robert Everest offered a range of other sizes and formats such as the Promenade and the Malvern. In October 1883, Robert Everest was advertising "The Plaque Photograph", a portrait in "permanent carbon, on opal ..complete in plush circular frame" for two guineas (i.e. 42 shillings).

Early in 1882, while residing in Worthing, Mrs Fanny Everest, the photographer's wife, gave birth to a son named George Winnifrith Everest. [The birth of George Winnifrith Everest was registered in Worthing during the 1st Quarter of 1882]. "Winnifrith" was Mrs Everest's maiden surname.

[ABOVE] An advertisement for Mr Robert Everest, Photographer, of  the Royal Art Studio, Connaught House, Chapel Road, Worthing (1881).  This notice appeared in the 'Advertisements' section of Deacon's Court Guide & Blue Book for the County of Sussex, which was published on 31st October 1881. After his arrival in Worthing, David Robert Everest dropped his first name and traded under the name of "Robert Everest". This advertisement provides details of Robert Everest's prices. A dozen carte-de-visite portraits cost 7s 6d, whilst 6 cabinet portraits could be purchased for 12s 6d.
 

Mr. Robert Everest - Proprietor of a Photographic Studio and Hairdressing Establishment at Connaught House, Worthing

In his teens, David Robert Everest had trained as a hairdresser and early in his career he had combined his two skills. The 1881 census describes twenty-eight year old David R. Everest as a "Photographer & Hairdresser" and when he established a photographic portrait studio at Connaught House, Worthing, he also added a "Hairdressing Department".

By October 1883, (David) Robert Everest had decided to take a back seat in his business in Chapel Road, Worthing. (David) Robert Everest remained the 'Proprietor' of both the photographic studio and the hairdressing establishment, but, as the following advertisement placed in the Worthing Gazette on 4th October 1883 explains, he was employing others to manage and operate his two businesses in Connaught House:

EVEREST'S PHOTOGRAPHIC  ESTABLISHMENT

IS NOW UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

Mr EVEREST, having secured the services of a first class Artist and Photographer, for some years with Messrs ELLIOTT and FRY, Baker Street, London, is in a position to promise his Patrons, Photographs in the highest style of art.

CARTES (either vignettes or plain): 12 for half a guinea; 30 for one guinea

CABINETS (either vignettes or plain): 12 for one guinea; 30 for two guineas

These prices are for payment at the sitting only; proofs (in two positions) can always be seen the day after being taken, and a re-sitting had without extra charge if desirable.
The latest is "The Plaque Photograph" in permanent carbon, on opal. Complete in Plush Circular Frame for Two Guineas.

SPECIAL NOTICE

In order to enable all classes to have good and artistic Photographs, Mr EVEREST has arranged that, AFTER ONE O'CLOCK DAILY, Portraits shall be taken at his studio at the following reduced prices (for pre-payment only):-

CARTES:  5s per dozen

CABINETS: 12s per dozen

Special value in our half-guinea and One Guinea Family Portraits, framed complete.
ROYAL ART  STUDIO, Connaught House, Chapel Road, WORTHING

ROBERT EVEREST, PROPRIETOR

NB Old Photographs Copied and Improved at same Prices

[ABOVE] An advertisement for Everest's Photographic Establishment, based at the Royal Art Studio, Connaught House, Chapel Road, Worthing.  (Worthing Gazette, 4th October 1883). Robert Everest, described as the Proprietor, was employing a professional photographic artist from London to manage his Royal Art Studio in Worthing.

EVEREST'S HAIRDRESSING DEPARTMENT

IS NOW UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

Mr EVEREST, having secured the services of a first class manager and assistant from DOUGLAS'S of NEW BOND STREET, LONDON is in a position to promise his Customers excellent service.

CHARGES

LADIES' ROOM: Cutting 1 shilling ; Shampooing 1 shilling ; Singeing 1 shilling.

GENTLEMEN'S ROOM: Cutting and Brushing by Machinery  6d ; Shaving 3d

EVEREST'S HAIRDRESSING DEPARTMENT

Connaught House, Chapel Road, WORTHING

[ABOVE] An advertisement for Everest's Hairdressing Department at Connaught House, Chapel Road, Worthing.  (Worthing Gazette, 4th October 1881).

It appears that by the end of 1883 or early in 1884, David Robert Everest sold the Royal Art Studio at 53 Chapel Road, Worthing, to Stuart & Co., who, I believe, were a London firm of photographers.

In 1882, there were only four photographic portrait studios operating in the town of Worthing:

1) John Richard Bentley at 83 Marine Parade, Worthing;

2) Robert Everest at 53 Chapel Road, Worthing;

3) Fielder & Co. at 36 High Street, Worthing;

4) Edward Pattison Pett at Bath Place, Worthing.

[ABOVE]  Robert Everest listed as a Photographer at 53 Chapel Road, Worthing in the Trades Section of the 1882 edition of  Kelly's Directory of Sussex.

[ABOVE] A cabinet portrait of an elderly man with a bushy beard, photographed at Everest's Photographic Establishment at Connaught House, Chapel Road, Worthing (c1883).  Blank back. In 1881, Robert Everest charged his customers 12s 6d for 6 cabinet portraits. By October 1883, Robert Everest was charging one guinea (21shillings) for a dozen cabinet portraits. If a customer was prepared to pay in advance and could sit after one o'clock,  a dozen cabinet portraits could be purchased for just 12 shillings.

[ABOVE] A drawing by Charles Keene (1823-1891) showing a hairdresser at work in the mid 1880s. Entitled "Over-Combed", this drawing was published in a magazine in 1886.
 

Cartes-de-visite by D. Robert Everest of The Royal Art Studio, Connaught House, 53 Chapel Road, Worthing

[ABOVE] A carte-de-visite of a bearded man, photographed by (David) Robert Everest of the Royal Art Studio, Connaught House, 53 Chapel Road, Worthing (c1881).  [ABOVE] A three-quarter length portrait of an unknown man, a carte-de-visite produced by (David) Robert Everest of 53 Chapel Road, Worthing (c1881).  [ABOVE] A carte-de-visite of a mother and child, produced by (David) Robert Everest of the Royal Art Studio, Connaught House, 53 Chapel Road, Worthing (c1881). 

[ABOVE] The trade plate of the photographer (David) Robert Everest of Connaught House, 53 Chapel Road, Worthing, from the reverse of a carte-de-visite  (c1881). [ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of a young child, photographed by (David) Robert Everest of Connaught House, Chapel Road, Worthing (c1883).  Plain back. [ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of a man wearing a bowler hat, photographed by (David) Robert Everest of Connaught House, Chapel Road, Worthing (c1882).  Plain back.

[ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of a teenaged boy, photographed by (David) Robert Everest of Connaught House, Chapel Road, Worthing (c1882).  Plain back. [ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of a young woman, photographed by (David) Robert Everest of Connaught House, Chapel Road, Worthing (c1883).  Blank back. [ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of a young man, photographed by (David) Robert Everest of Connaught House, Chapel Road, Worthing (c1882).  Blank back.
 

David Robert Everest in Teignmouth, Portsea and Portsmouth

Around 1884, David Robert Everest sold the Royal Art Studio at 53 Chapel Road, Worthing, to Stuart & Co., a firm of photographers possibly associated with William John Stuart (born 1840, Sidbury, Devon).

David Robert Everest re-appears as a photographer in Devon. A trade directory issued in 1887 lists D. R. Everest & Co. as the proprietors of the Excelsior Studio, 9 Somerset Place, Teignmouth. Everest's presence in Teignmouth must have been brief, because within a year or so he was recorded as a "Commercial Traveller" living at 29 Tarwell Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire. When the 1891 census was taken David Robert Everest was still residing with his family in the Portsea district of Portsmouth. It appears that David Robert Everest had temporarily abandoned photography and hairdressing. The 1891 census records David R. Everest as a "Commercial Traveller" employed by a hardware firm. At the time of the 1891 census, David R. Everest, his wife Fanny, and their three children - Catherine (15), Herbert (12) and George (9) - were living at 3 The Acacias, Saxe Weimar Road, Portsea, Portsmouth. The Everest family were still residing in Saxe Weimar Road, Portsea, in June 1895, when Catherine Fanny Everest, David and Fanny Everest's only daughter, married Lieutenant John Spencer Hall of the Army Ordnance Store Department. [The marriage of Catherine Fanny Everest and Lieutenant John Spencer Hall took place in Battersea, South London, on 11th June 1895]. Lieutenant John Spencer Hall, who was born in County Tyrone, Ulster around 1853, was a 42 year old widower when he married Catherine Fanny Everest.

By 1898, David Robert Everest had returned to his original occupation of hairdresser. The 1898 edition of Kelly's Directory of Hampshire lists D. R. Everest as a "Hair Dresser" at 89 & 91 Fawcett Road, Southsea. The same trade directory also records David Robert Everest as a "Tobacconist" at the same address. As in his early working career, David Robert Everest was carrying out two businesses in tandem.

When the 1901 census was taken, David Everest and his wife Fanny were visiting their youngest son George Winnifrith Everest (born 1882, Worthing, Sussex), who was serving his apprenticeship as a photographer in Bournemouth. The 1901 census records George W. Everest as a 19 year old "Photographer's Apprentice" boarding at Miss Harriett Bicker's Coffee Tavern at 159 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. Mr and Mrs Everest are recorded as visitors at Miss Bicker's Coffee Tavern and, on the census return, David R. Everest is described as a 48 year old "Commercial Traveller".

At the time of the 1901 census, David and Fanny Everest's eldest son, Herbert Robert Everest (born 1878, Tunbridge Wells, Kent) was living at his parents' house at 89 Fawcett Road, Southsea, Portsmouth. Twenty-two year old Herbert Everest was then working as a "Commercial Traveller" for a fancy goods company. Although single at the time of the census, Herbert Robert Everest was to marry a month or so later. On 1st June 1901, at St Bartholomew's Church, Southsea, Herbert Robert Everest married Emily Elizabeth Mary Huggett (born 1874, Portsmouth), the eldest daughter of George Huggett, a commercial clerk of Southsea, Portsmouth. At the time of her marriage, twenty-six year old Emily Huggett was employed as a commercial book-keeper.

By the end of 1903, George Winnifrith Everest, David Robert Everest's youngest son, had completed his apprenticeship as a photographer and had taken a wife. [George Winnifrith Everest had married Olive Ida Mills (born 1881, Weymouth, Dorset) in his bride's home town during the 4th Quarter of 1903]. Around 1909, George Everest's father, David Robert Everest, evidently financed a photography business on behalf of his son. In 1910, the photographic firm of David Robert Everest & Son was taking postcard portraits at a studio at 56 Highland Road, Portsea. This commercial venture was short-lived. By April 1911, the studio at 56 Highland Road, Portsea had been sold to the Portsmouth photographer Henry Williams and George Winnifrith Everest was working as a photographer at 2 Glasgow Road, Eastney, Southsea.

When the census was taken on 2nd April 1911, 58 year old David Robert Everest was recorded as an "unemployed Commercial Traveller", living with his wife Fanny at 4 Festing Grove, Southsea, Hampshire. Interestingly, on the census return, David Robert Everest indicates that he had previously been engaged in the selling of "Photographic materials".

David Robert Everest died in the district of Portsmouth during the 3rd Quarter of 1925, aged 73.

The Studio at Connaught House Worthing

It appears that David Robert Everest sold the Royal Art Studio at Connaught House, 53 Chapel Road, Worthing, to Stuart & Co. around 1884. The firm of Stuart & Co. operated in Worthing for only a couple of years. By 1887, the photographic studio at 53 Chapel Road, Worthing had passed to Godfrey W. Allen (born 1853, King's Lynn, Norfolk), a photographer from Bristol. Godfrey W. Allen vacated Connaught House a year or two later.

By 1890, the business premises at No. 53 Chapel Road, Worthing had been acquired by Henry Southey (born 1847, Wellington, Somerset) a master tailor. Henry Southey's tailoring business was still based at 53 Chapel Road, Worthing in 1911.

[ABOVE] The trade plate of Stuart & Co. (Late Everest) Photographers of Connaught House, 53 Chapel Road, Worthing, from the reverse of a carte-de-visite (c1885). When Stuart & Co. took over David Robert Everest's studio in Worthing, they retained his publicity, claiming that the Royal Art Studio had been "Patronized by H. R. H. the Princess Louise and the most noble the Marquis of Lorne".

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1911 CENSUS: 2 Glasgow Road, Eastney, Southsea, Portsmouth

NAME

  AGE OCCUPATION BIRTHPLACE
George EVEREST Head

29

Photographer Worthing, Sussex
Olive EVEREST wife 30   Weymouth, Dorset
Dorothy EVEREST daughter 7   Woolston, Hampshire
Kathleen EVEREST daughter 6   Woolston, Hampshire
Isabel EVEREST daughter 4   Bitterne, Hampshire
John Robert EVEREST son 4 months   Eastney, Hampshire
[ABOVE] George Everest, the youngest son of David Robert Everest, recorded as a "Photographer" in the Eastney district of Southsea, near Portsmouth, at the time of the 1911 Census. In 1910, George Everest was working alongside his father in the firm of David Robert Everest & Son, which was based at 56 Highland Road, Portsea, in the Eastney district of Southsea.

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David Robert Everest & Son - Photographers in Portsea, Hampshire

[ABOVE] A postcard portrait of Bessie May Blundell (born 1888, Poole, Dorset), photographed at the studio of David Robert Everest & Son at 56 Highland Road, Portsea. Postmarked "Dec 23 1910" [ABOVE] A postcard portrait of Bessie May Blundell (born 1888, Poole, Dorset), photographed at the studio of David Robert Everest & Son at 56 Highland Road, Portsea. (c1910)

[ABOVE] A postcard portrait of Mrs Mabel Hawes, formerly Blundell (born 1882, Poole, Dorset), photographed at the studio of David Robert Everest & Son at 56 Highland Road, Portsea. Inscribed "For Mother, x, 1910" [ABOVE] A postcard portrait of Louisa Elizabeth Blundell (born 1884, Poole, Dorset), photographed at the studio of David Robert Everest & Son at 56 Highland Road, Portsea. (c1910)

 

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