London Portrait Rooms

London Portrait Rooms
Alexander Peyman
Frederick Henry Irwin
born circa 1829
died 21 October 1914 at his residence, Hautana Square, Lower Hutt, aged 85 years
buried Southern Cemetery, Dunedin

Otago Daily Times, Issue 2462, 27 December 1869

The fine brick and stone building erected last year in the Cutting, Princes street, and known as Reichelt's Fancy Bazaar, has recently been extended to the whole depth of the section — viz., 66ft. by 34ft. wide — and is of two storeys. The lower part has been fitted up for the display of fancy goods, the dividing wall between the old and the new building having been removed, and an elliptic arch erected in place of it. The upper portion of the premises has been built by Mr Reichelt expressly for a photographic gallery for the proprietors of the. London Portrait Rooms. The operating room is 34ft. long by 16ft. wide, and is well lighted by side and ceiling lights. The printing room and dark room have been specially fitted up for their respective purposes with every convenience. The waiting, dressing, and show rooms, which are elegantly furnished, front Princes street, and are approached by an easy staircase, 5ft. in width from Princes street — the lobby being available for the display of photographs,, &c. The architect for the work was Mr H. F. Hardy, the the contractors Messrs N, and A. Wood.
Otago Witness, Issue 1131, 2 August 1873, Page 11

 Otago Daily Times, Issue 3958, 23 October 1874

reverse inscription "Yours very truly A. R.W. Fulton
Aug 23rd 1872 For Miss Gifford"
Arthur Robert William Fulton the eldest son of James Fulton MHR died 26 July 1889



G. R. Hislop



above - Robert Hanning, Junior

Isabella 7 years and Jessie 5 years
December 1879

above - William Brunton by London Portrait Rooms, Dunedin

"Dick Craigie"
[Richard Craigie]

George Harvey


John B Turner's PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG said...

Hi, have you come across a vintage print of "Chang the Chinese Giant"? like that Te Papa has? Or any news item about Chang being photographed in the London Portrait Rooms?
John Turner

Early Canterbury Photography said...

Hi John, I couldn't find the Chang photo on Te Papa's website, but I do recall seeing photos of him. Whether is a photo I own or if's one I've seen elsewhere I don't remember. If I had one by the London Portrait Gallery I would have put it on my website. The Hocken Library has a photo of him and his wife by the London Portrait Rooms on their website. I had a look though Papers Past but could find no reference to the photo being taken.
best wishes - Tony