Downey, W. and D.
W. and D. Downey were Victorian studio photographers operating in London from the 1860s to the 1910s.
In 1863 they opened a studio on Eldon Square in Newcastle. The same year William set up a studio in the Houses of Parliament and produced portraits of every parliamentarian of the day.
William moved to 57 & 61 Ebury Street in London in 1872 and opened another studio, his brother managing the Newcastle branch.
Downey used Joseph Swan's carbon process for their best work. In the 1880s Mawson, Swan & Morgan of Newcastle, was the world's largest manufacturer of photographic dry plates, the convenience of which made photography a commercial reality.
William Downey's son, William Edward Downey (1855–1908), managed most of the royal sittings during the Edwardian era.
For details and scans of any of the Downey portraits listed below, please get in touch with me.
Woodburytypes each 3 3/4 X 5 1/2 inches on a 7 1/2 X 9 inch page