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Smaller Sizes of Portrait - Photographers in England - Yorkshire and Humberside Region

We have divided England into Geographical Regions in order to keep the page sizes manageable for our listings of stickyback photographers. All the regions are listed here. Within each regional page, practitioners are listed by location alphabetically. If you are looking for a practitioner by name, start with our page "Smaller sizes of portrait photographers by name"

Yorkshire and the Humber Region, includes: South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire. Locations included so far include: Bradford, Halifax, Hull and Leeds,


Address: not known
Possible practitioner: PIKE, ?, 83 Stratford Road Manchester
Operating dates: 1904
References: The Era - Saturday 17 December 1904 P27."Wanted Sticky Backs on sharing terms in good positions Bradford and Manchester. Applicants must be able to provide everything except room and gas. Room for other novs (sic) on same terms. Pike, 83 Stratford Road Manchester."


Address: 26 Crown Street, Halifax
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1914-15
References: Stickybacks Studio, 26 Crown Street, Halifax , 1914-15. One of Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, listed on David Simkin's excellent site on Sussex Photographers at where you will find the full history of Sidney Boultwood (1882-1958) and his family

Address: 12 Waterhouse Street, Halifax
Possible Practitioner: MURRELL, Henry
Operating dates: late 1890s to 1927 at least
References: See below, portrait of unknown young woman. The image size is 0.9 x 1.2 inches, pasted onto a white card mount embossed with foliage. The image appears to be from the late 1890s / early 1900s. The mount has been roughly cut down to 1.4 x 2.3 inches, presumably to fit into an album or frame. The RPS Supplement on Professional Photographers in Halifax and Huddersfield 1843-1900 has no Murrell listed. It does however list for this same address, Edward Gregson and Son, photographers, 12 Waterhouse St, Halifax, from 1887 - 1894. Henry Murrell appears in the 1927 Kelly's Directory as a photographer at 12 Waterhouse Street, Halifax.

Portrait of unknown lady by H Murrell, Halifax

Address: 2 Waterhouse St, Halifax. Other addresses 8 Grosvenor Terrace Halifax 1891, 45 Hare St Halifax 1901, 123 Parkinson Lane Halifax 1904, 25 Holly Grove, Halifax 1911
Possible Practitioner: WILD, Arthur Vincent. (1852-1916)
Operating dates 1899-1912
References: See below mounted photograph of an unknown young woman is large feathered hat, c.1910. The stamp-sized photograph measures 1.1 x 0.8 inches. The mount measures 2.3 x 3.1 inches. The white mount has an embossed floral border. Impressed beneath the image is "A.Vincent Wild Hx" - this impressed text is part of the manufacture of the mount and is not made by a hand embossing machine. The photograph is simply stuck onto the face of the mount; the reverse of the mount is blank. Arthur Vincent Wild is listed by Keith Adamson in his "Halifax Photographers 1843 to 1900" as operating at 2 Waterhouse Street, Halifax, 1899-1912. Arthur was shown in the 1891 census as a self employed carver and gilder at 8 Grosvenor Terrace, Halifax, living with his wife Lily, sons William Carey Wild and Wallace Wild and daughter Millicent Wild. In 1901 the family were at 45 Hare Street and Arthur was a photographer and an employer; his son, Wallace, was a photographer's assistant. In 1911 the family was at 25 Holly Grove Halifax. Arthur was still a photographer and an employer, but his son Wallace had become an insurance agent. Arthur submitted 5 of his views of Halifax to Stationers Hall for copyright purposes in January 1904 and his address was then shown as 123 Parkinson Lane Halifax (TNA Copy 1/469/220-224). It would appear that Arthur was an artist as well as a photographer, providing high-end portraits as well as affordable midget photos. In 1905, funded by public subscription, he painted a portrait of the late Mr William Greenwood, a leading spiritualist. The Todmorden and District News 15 Sept 1905 p2 reported: "painting a picture the deceased gentleman was placed in the hands of Mr. A. Vincent Wild, Halifax, who has faithfully portrayed lifelike features, and these have been enclosed in a massive gilt frame, which bears the following inscription; William Greenwood. Presented the Sowerby-bridge Lyceum by his colleagues the Spiritualist National Union, in memory of one who loved and served his followers well."

portrait of unknown young woman by A.Vincent Wild, Halifax


Address: 29 Prospect Street, Hull
Possible Practitioner:
Operating dates:
References: The British Journal of Photography 7 December 1906, p.ii carries an advertisement: "Midgets. Wanted young married couple for management. Able to re-touch, spot, operate, print etc. Also young man as general assistant. Only those used to the business required. Photo specimens, refs to Manager, 29 Prospect Street, Hull."


Address: 23 Park Row, Leeds
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: 1905
References: Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 28 January 1905 p5. "PHOTOGRAPHY. Sticky Backs a speciality. Wanted partner, working or sleeping. Capital not less than £50 to work all leading provincial towns: safe income: none but business men open to start at once need apply. Address Photo, 23 Park Row, Leeds".

Address: 83 Briggate Leeds
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: c. 1910
References: Next is a postcard print of an unknown lady in a shoulder width brimmed hat, c.1910. The number 321 is intruding into the mid right of the image. This is by the Sticky Back Studio, Market Street Manchester and at 83 Briggate, Leeds. They use an SB monogram in a scroll design.

Sticky Back Studio Manchester postcard Reverse of Sticky Back Studio Manchester postcard

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