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Large Photo: Hms Britannia & Hms Hindostan River Dart 1898 By Durrant Torquay For Sale
This is an unreserved sale for a large original black & white photograph [glued onto an album board] of H.M.S. Britannia & H.M.S. Hindostan anchored in the River Dart, Devon circa 1898, stamped bottom left by the female photographer Rose Kate Durrant & Son and bottom right Torquay.
Provenance: Captain Henry Taprell Dorling [1883-1963]
William Durrant Jr was working as a photographer in Torquay in Devon. In 1869, Durrant is recorded as a photographer at a house named "Woodstock" in Abbey Road, Torquay. At the end of 1870, William Durrant married Rosa [Rose] Kate Brooke [born c1850, Plympton Devon] in Torquay. Around the time of his marriage, Durrant established the Torbay Photographic Gallery at 17 Victoria Parade, Torquay. At the end of 1871, William Durrant's wife gave birth to their first child, Harold Humphrey Durrant.
William Durrant operated a photographic studio in Torquay's Victoria Parade throughout the 1870's. By 1878, Durrant had studios at 30 Victoria Parade and in St Mark's Place, Torquay. By this date, William Durrant and his family were residing in Vane Hill Road, Torquay. Living in the same road at a house named "Fernwood" was Edward Henry Cox, a thirty year old photographer from London.
Edward H. Cox had established a photographic studio in Park Crescent, Torquay around 1873. Cox invited William Durrant to join him in a business partnership around 1878.
William Durrant and Edward H. Cox were in a partnership from about [1878-93]. Around 1878, Cox & Durrant established a branch studio in Exeter at 11 Bedford Circus. Cox and Durrant appointed John Ross Browning, a twenty-three year old photographer from Victoria, Australia, to manage the Exeter studio and they returned to Torquay to run their studio at 5 Park Crescent. In 1883, Cox and Durrant relinquished their Exeter studio to John Browning and set up a new studio in Torquay at 8 Victoria Parade. Cox and Durrant remained together at the Victoria Parade studio until around 1893.
William Durrant jr retired from photography around 1893, when he was in his mid-fifties. His wife, Rose Durrant, who at forty-three12 years his junior, decided to set up her own photographic studio.
Around 1896, Mrs Rose Kate Durrant and her artist son Harold Humphrey Durrant set up a photographic studio at 46 Fleet Street, Torquay. The firm of Rose K. Durrant & Son continued at this address until around 1913.
In the 1901 Census, both Rose Durrant and her 29 year old son Harold are recorded as photographers living and working in Torquay. Another son, fourteen year old schoolboy Gerald Durrant is also listed in the household. No profession or occupation is given for the 63 year old William Durrant.
At the outbreak of the First World War the photographic studio of Rose K. Durrant & Son was located at 37 Fleet Street, Torquay, where it remained until 1918. It was in 1918 that William Durrant junior died at the age of 80. [The death of William Durrant was registered in the district of Newton Abbot during the 2nd Quarter of 1918].
Captain Henry Taprell Dorling [1883-1963] D.S.O. 1918, R.N. [retd.]; F.R.Hist.S.; 2nd son of late Colonel Francis Dorling, late Royal Sussex Regiment, of Farnborough, Hants; married. 1909, Evelyne, daughter of late Roderick Mac-Donald of Kew, Surrey, one son. Education: H.M.S. Britannia 1897; served H.M.S. Terrible, South Africa and China, including Relief of Pekin, 1900; European War, 1914-1918 [despatches, D.S.O.]; gold medal from Swedish Government for saving life at sea, 1917; retired, 1929; recalled to Navy, 1939; Ministry of Information and afloat in all types of warships, [1939-42]; Staff of C.-in-C. Mediterranean, Dec. [1942-45]; a Younger Brother of Trinity House ; Member of the Navy Records Society, and of the Society for Nautical Research. Officer of the Legion of Merit, U.S.A., 1944.
Publications : Under pseudonym Taffrail, Pincher Martin, O.D. ; Michael Bray ; Sea Venturers of Britain ; Sea Escapes and Adventures ; Pirates, 1929 ; Men o' War, 1929; Kerrell; Endless Story; The Scarlet Stripe, 1932; Dover-Ostend, 1933; The Man from Scapa Flow, 1933; Seventy North, 1934; Second Officer; Swept Channels, 1935; Mid-Atlantic, 1936 ; Mystery at Milford Haven ; Mystery Cruise; Operation M.O.; The Shetland Plan, 1939; The Navy in Action, 1940; Chenies, 1943 ; Battle of the Atlantic, 1946; Western Mediterranean, [1942-45], 1948; Blue Star Line, 1948; Toby Shad, 1949; The Jade Lizard, 1951; The New Moon, 1952; and other books on naval and nautical subjects; late Naval Correspondent. of The Observer; did considerable broadcasting and wrote many naval feature programmes for the B.B.C. Address: 97 Rivermead Court, Hurlingham, S.W.6. T.: Renown 3996. Clubs: Army and Navy, Royal Cruising, Hurlingham; [Hon.] Royal Yacht Squadron [Cowes].
CONDITION: Commensurate with age and use. The album leaf has suffered a slight loss bottom left and browning to the edges, all of which does not effect the photograph in the slightest.
SIZE: Photo 11" x 6.5" - Album leaf 14" x 10.5"
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Large Photo: Hms Britannia & Hms Hindostan River Dart 1898 By Durrant Torquay: $38