Wednesday, June 17, 2020

G W Davis



photographer:G. W. Davis
925 Pennsylvania Av, Washington, D C
827 Broad St, Richmond, VA
example from LOST GALLERY


The reverse of the card on the left.

G. W. Davis is mentioned often for the hiring of James Conway Farley, a prominent black photographer, at a time when that was unusual. He is also said to have fired other employees who objected. No biographical information has been found.

1875 - 1877
Richmond, VA, city directory, Davis as photographer at 821 E Broad
1875
Hired James Conway Farley (August 10, 1854 - 1910?) as operator in Davis Gallery (Studio)
1877 - 1897
Richmond, VA, city directory, Davis as photographer at 827 E Broad
1879
By this year, George O. Brown is working at the photographic gallery of George W. Davis.
1900
Richmond, VA, city directory, Davis Photography Gallery at 817 E Broad
No mention of G. W. Davis after 1900

Richmond, VA, City Directory ad - 1881




Photographer G W Davis
example from New York Library

photographer: Davis
branch gallery 513 Broad Street, Richmond, VA
example from auction site

photographer: Davis
branch gallery 513 Broad Street, Richmond, VA
example from auction site

Could this be the J C Farley hired by Davis in 1875? There is no given name or initials or a location shown on the imprint, so it is impossible to tell at this time.

There were four or five photographers named Farley.


photographer: Farley
no location shown
example from auction site


Photographer:G. W. Davis
925 Pennsylvania Av, Washington, D C
827 Broad St, Richmond, VA
example from auction site

reverse of the card at the left
(note that this is the same imprint design used on the card at the top of the page)

The card a the right is possibly NOT the same Davis. Nothing has been found so far to place G W Davis at these addresses. However, this card is imprinted with the same CITIES as the other cards.


Photographer Davis
723 7th ST N W, Washington, DC
and Richmond, VA
example from auction site

Not the one you were looking for? Here's the photographer's INDEX by name. Listed here are all the Cabinet Card photographers of the 19th century found in LOST GALLERY. This is a work in progress. For a look at the original postings go to LOST GALLERY.

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