Chichester Photographers (C-E)

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Professional Photographers in Chichester (C-E)

The Chichester Photographic Company - Charles D. Clarke - Frederick Dade - George Dale - Francis Dalton - Miss J. Davison




Charles D. Clarke ( born c1838, Scotland )

Active as a photographer in Chichester between 1864 and 1867.

Charles D. Clarke was born in Scotland around 1838. Charles Clarke, who described himself as an artist and photographer, arrived in Sussex before 1864. On 15th June 1864, Charles Clarke married Martha Ingledew (born c1839, Brighton) at St Nicholas Church, Brighton. By the following year, Charles Clarke had established a photographic studio at Westgate, Chichester. According to a price list which appeared on the reverse of a carte-de-visite produced in 1865, Charles Clarke charged one shilling for a single carte-de-visite and five shillings for a dozen copies. Later that year, Clarke changed the name of his studio to the Sussex School of Photography and opened a branch studio in High Street, Uckfield.

By the beginning of 1866, Clarke opened a new studio in West Street, Chichester. In a newspaper advertisement dated 11th January, 1866, Charles Clarke announced that his "New and Highly-Finished CRYSTAL STUDIO" in West Street, Chichester was open to the public. Clarke added that his Crystal Studio was "artificially heated, as to resemble the delicious climate of Madeira." Around this time, Charles and his wife became the parents of a daughter named Martha K. Clarke (born c1866, Chichester).

Sometime after 1866, Charles Clarke left Chichester. When the 1881 census was taken, Charles Clarke was recorded with his wife and daughter at Inveraray House, Margery Park Road, West Ham, Essex. In the 1881 census, Charlie D. Clarke is described as an "Artist and Photographer", aged 43.

[ ABOVE ] An advertisement for Charles Clarke's Sussex School of Photography, West Street, Chichester, dated Thursday, 11th January 1866.

[ABOVE] The reverse of  a carte-de-visite portrait taken at Charles Clarke's photographic studio in Westgate, Chichester (c1865). This early example provides details of Clarke's scale of charges.

[ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of  young woman taken at Charles Clarke's photographic studio in Westgate, Chichester (c1865).


[ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of  a seated man taken at Charles Clarke's Sussex School of Photography, West Street, Chichester (c1866).

[ABOVE] The reverse of  a carte-de-visite portrait taken at the Sussex School of Photography, West Street, Chichester (c1866). The studio proprietor's name is given as C. Clarke. (c1866).

[ABOVE] A carte-de-visite portrait of  a seated young woman taken at Charles Clarke's Sussex School of Photography, West Street, Chichester (c1866).


To view further examples from the studio of the Sussex School of Photography, West Street, Chichester, click on the link below.

The Sussex School of Photography in Chichester


Frederick DADE (1836-1874)

Frederick Dade was born in Westminster, London around 1836. In his early twenties Frederick Dade married Matilda Toye (born 16th February 1835 in Hackney, baptised at St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch), the daughter of Charles and Esther Ann Toye. [Marriage registered in the London district of Holborn during the 2nd Quarter of 1859].

After their marriage, Frederick Dade and his wife moved from London to the Isle of Wight. Frederick Dade was already working as a photographer and in 1859 he entered into partnership with Edward Peter Adams (c1814-1884), a former grocer who had established a photography business at 26 High Street, Ryde. Around 1860, the firm of Adams & Dade of Ryde was producing stereocards featuring views of the island. Early in 1860, Frederick Dade's wife Matilda gave birth to their first child Emma Toye Dade [birth registered in Ryde, Isle of Wight, during the 1st Quarter of 1860].

The partnership between Adams and Dade ended after a year or so and Frederick Dade moved to Chichester with his wife and young daughter. The 1861 census records Frederick Dade and his family at a house on the south side of South Street, Chichester. Frederick Dade is entered on the census return as a "Photographer & Printer", aged 25.

Frederick Dade was based in Chichester for only a short time. By the Summer of 1862, Frederick and Matilda Dade were living in Kensington, where their second daughter, Eleanor Annie Dade was born during the 3rd Quarter of 1862. Another child, a son named Ernest Frederick Dade was born in Kensington during the 1st Quarter of 1864.

By 1866, Frederick Dade was working in North London and settled in the district of Islington. Three more children were born to Frederick and Matilda Dade during stay in Islington - Florence A. Dade (born 1866), Charles Herbert Dade (born 1868) and Albert Edward Dade (born 1869). Frederick Dade was probably employed as a photographer in a London studio during this time, but by 1870 he had opened his own studio at 2 Grove Place, Holloway Road, Islington. Dade ran the Grove Place studio for a couple of years before moving north to the seaside resort of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. Dade was still living in Islington early in 1872, when his son Albert Edward Dade died before reaching his third birthday. A daughter named Beatrice Matilda Dade was born in Islington during the First Quarter of 1872, but the Dade family had left London by the time Beatrice was christened in Brighton on 26th May 1872.

Frederick Dade and his family arrived in Scarborough around 1873. Frederick and Matilda Dade's eighth and last child was born in Scarborough in 1874, but by the time Matilda gave birth to her son, her husband was dead. Frederick Dade died in Scarborough during the 1st Quarter of 1874 at the age of 37. Frederick's son was born in Scarborough about six months later. The baby boy was named Fred Dade in memory of his father.

Matilda Dade and her surviving children remained in Scarborough. Emma Toye Dade married in Scarborough in 1877. Her youngest sister Beatrice Dade married in Scarborough in 1890. At the time of the 1891 census, Ernest Dade, then aged 27, and sixteen year old Fred Dade were living in Scarborough with their widowed mother Mrs Matilda Dade. Both boys became artists. Ernest Dade (1864-1935) became a well known marine artist and member of the Slaithes Group of Artists. Fred Dade was also a marine artist but, like his photographer father, he died young. Fred Dade died in Scarborough in 1908 at the age of 34. The National Maritime Museum in London holds sketches and watercolours by both brothers.

Matilda Dade, the widow of the photographer Frederick Dade, died in Paddington, London in 1919 at the age of 83.

1861 Census : South Street (West Side) CHICHESTER






Frederick Dade Head

Photographer & Printer


Westminster, Middlesex
Matilda Dade wife  


Hackney, London
Emma T. Dade daughter  


Ryde, Isle of Wight, Hants.

[ABOVE] 1861 census return for Frederick Dade and family


[ABOVE] "Beside the Lighthouse, Scarborough "(1889), watercolour by Ernest Dade (1864-1935)




Works of art by the sons of the photographer Frederick Dade

[ABOVE] "By the Quayside, Scarborough" (1889), a watercolour by Ernest Dade (1864-1935)

[ABOVE] "On the Fishing Grounds", watercolour by Ernest Dade (1864-1935)

 [ABOVE] "Moored Sailing Boats" (1903,  a watercolour by Fred Dade (1874-1908)

[ABOVE] Sailing Boats" (1903,  a watercolour by Fred Dade (1874-1908)

George DALE (1812-1881) and his son George William DALE (1839-1869)

[ABOVE] The printed trade label of  "G. DALE, Chemist and Druggist, CHICHESTER" affixed to the back of a carte-de-visite photograph taken by either by George Dale senior, chemist of South Street, Chichester or his son George William Dale  (c1865).

[ABOVE] An outdoor portrait of a seated man, a carte-de-visite photograph by George Dale, Chemist of South Street, Chichester (c1866). the photograph might have been taken by his son George William Dale (1839-1869).

George Dale was born in North Chapel, a village five miles north of Petworth, in 1812, the son of James Dale and Jane Boxall. George Dale was baptised at North Chapel on 1st January 1813.

George Dale married a young woman named Emily around 1836 and by 1839 the couple had settled in Chichester, where George Dale established a chemist's shop in South Street. Towards the end of 1839, Emily Dale gave birth to a son named George William Dale [ birth registered in Chichester during the 4th Quarter of 1839 ]. Three daughters followed - Emma Jane (born 1842), Emily (born 1849), and Catherine Dale (born1851).

George Dale worked as a chemist and druggist at South Street, Chichester for about forty years, from around 1839 until his death in 1881 at the age of 69. ( George Dale's first chemist's shop was at 11 South Street, but later he was based at 8 South Street ). In the 1860s, George Dale senior was probably assisted in his chemist's shop by his son George William Dale. In the mid 1860s, photographic portraits were produced with the trade label "G. DALE, Chemist and Druggist" glued on the back of the card mount. The photographic portraits were produced in carte-de-visite format and a surviving example indicates that some likenesses were made on location at the subject's home. As a chemist, George Dale senior would have had knowledge of the chemicals used in photography and might have even sold photographic chemicals at his shop.

George William Dale, George Dale's son, might have been instrumental in setting up the photography side of his father's business. George William Dale died in Chichester during the 2nd Quarter of 1869 at the age of 29 and this might explain why George Dale did not pursue the photography side of his business into the 1870s.

George Dale's wife Emily died in Chichester in 1875 at the age of 55. When the 1881 census was taken George Dale and two unmarried daughters, thirty year old Emma Jane Dale, a "Daily Governess", and twenty-nine year old Catherine Dale, were residing at 8 South Street, Chichester in the Subdeanery district of the city. George Dale is entered on the census return as a widower, aged 68, earning his living as a "Chemist". George Dale, Chemist and Druggist of South Street, Chichester died later that year at the age of 69.

Francis DALTON






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