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Gallery of Carte-de-visite Portraits by George Ruff of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton

[ABOVE] Portrait of a married couple by George Ruff,  photographer of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1865). Negative Number 2808. [ABOVE] Portrait of a seated woman by George Ruff,  photographer of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1866). Negative Number 3726. [ABOVE] Portrait of a youth by George Ruff,  photographer of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1864). Negative Number 1596. [ABOVE] Portrait of a young woman holding a hat by George Ruff,  photographer of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1865). Negative Number 2381.

[ABOVE] Portrait of a seated young man by George Ruff,  photographer of the Excelsior Studio, 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1862). Negative Number 763. The reverse of the carte is illustrated on the right. [ABOVE] The reverse of the cdv portrait on the left showing the trade plate of  George Ruff,  Artist & Photographer of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1862). Negative Number 763. [ABOVE] Portrait of a young woman standing by a desk photographed by George Ruff of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1866). Negative Number 4098. [ABOVE] Portrait of a man holding a top hot and standing by a wooden gate by George Ruff of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1867). Negative Number 4518.

[ABOVE] Portrait of a married couple by George Ruff,  photographer of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1864). Negative Number 1949. [ABOVE] Portrait of a man holding a book photographed by George Ruff of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1867). Negative Number 4137. [ABOVE] The reverse of the cdv portrait on the left showing the trade plate of  George Ruff,  Artist & Photographer of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1867). Negative Number 4137. [ABOVE] Portrait of a  woman standing by an occasional table photographed by George Ruff of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1874). Negative Number 8488.

[ABOVE] Portrait of Miss Florence Leveson (1841-1923) by George Ruff,  photographer of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1862). Negative Number 342. [ABOVE]  Portrait of Miss Agnes Leveson (1837-1926) by George Ruff, photographer of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1862). Negative Number 343. [ABOVE] Portrait of a woman holding a letter photographed by George Ruff of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton. No negative number . [ABOVE] The reverse of the cdv portrait on the left showing the trade plate of  George Ruff,  Artist & Photographer of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton.
 

Florence and Agnes Leveson (Levison), Daughters of Samuel Levison (c1793-1865)

Florence Leveson and Agnes Leveson were two daughters of Samuel Leveson (c1793-1865) and Emily Headland (c1805-1865) who spent much of their early years in Brighton and Hove. Samuel Leveson (aka Levison) their father was a wealthy fundholder who was a regular visitor to Brighton and rented furnished rooms at 20 Brunswick Terrace, near Brunswick Square, Hove, in the 1850s and 1860s.

Samuel Levison (Leveson), who was born in London around 1793, married Emily Headland (born c1805, Tonbridge, Kent) at the Old Church, St Pancras, London, on the 31st August 1830. This union produced 5 daughters - Emily Eliza Levison (born 9th August, 1831, London), Mary Louisa Levison (born 31st October, 1833, London), Julia Levison (born 7th July, 1835, London), Agnes Levison (born 15th February, 1837, London) and Florence Levison (born 1841, Kensington, London). Samuel Levison also sired a son named Percy James Edward Levison (born 1839, Paddington, London). At the time of the 1851 Census, Samuel Levison's 4 youngest daughters (Mary, Julia, Agnes and Florence) were attending a 'School for Young Ladies' at 32 Brunswick Terrace, Hove, and his son, Percy, was being educated by the Reverend Henry Laing at 11 Sussex Square, Brighton.

From around 1860, the Levison family preferred to use the surname of Leveson. The 1861 census records Samuel Leveson as a 68 year old "Fundholder" residing with his wife and 4 daughters at 20 Brunswick Terrace, near Brunswick Square, Hove. When Samuel Leveson (Levison) died at 21 Brunswick Square, Hove, on 25th August, 1865, at the age of 72, he left effects valued around 30,000.

On 6th September, 1871, Florence Leveson married Henry Edward Hippisley (born 1838, Bath, Somerset), a civil engineer and son of Georgiana and John Hippisley (1804-1898), J.P. & Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Somerset. This union produced three children - Muriel (born 1873), Eleanor (born 1874) and Arthur Hippisley (born 1883).

[ABOVE] Detail of the Portrait of Miss Florence Leveson (1841-1923) by George Ruff, photographer of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1862). Negative Number 342.  Florence Leveson, the daughter of Samuel Levison (Leveson) and Emily Headland, was born in Kensington, London, in 1841. She was brought up in Hove and attended Mrs Jane Buschman's School for Ladies at 32, Brunswick Terrace, Hove. At the time of the 1861 census she was residing with her parents and three elder sisters at 20 Brunswick Terrace, Hove. In 1871, Florence Leveson married Henry Edward Hippisley (1838-1917). Florence died in 1923, aged 81. [ABOVE] Detail of the Portrait of Miss Agnes Leveson (1837-1926) by George Ruff, photographer of 45 Queen's Road, Brighton (c1862). Negative Number 343. Agnes Leveson, the daughter of Samuel Levison (Leveson) and Emily Headland, was born at St Pancras, London, on 15th February 1837. She was brought up in Hove and attended Mrs Jane Buschman's School for Ladies at 32, Brunswick Terrace, Hove. At the time of the 1861 census she was residing with her parents and three sisters at 20 Brunswick Terrace, Hove. Agnes Leveson never married and died in 1926 at the age of 90.

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