Reverse of photograph by Bull & Hawkins Robert Bull operated a photographic studio in Ashbourne from the early to mid-1870s, initially from his general goods and stationery store in Sturston Road, and later from premises adjoining the railway station .I was unaware, until fairly recently, that he worked with Mr.The stamp also states helpfully, “Groups taken at Dovedale.” Nigel is not sure who this group are, although from the provenance he feels sure that they must be members of his Barnes family.The group consists of five women, six chidren – aged between one and about eight years – and a man wearing a high-crowned bowler hat, accompanied by two rather well behaved donkeys.A long line of literary figures have waxed lyrical about the attractions of the valley hosting the River Dove, including Samuel Johnson in Rasselas, Isaac Walton and Charles Cotton in The Compleat Angler, Tennyson, Ruskin and Byron.
This card has been charted for needlework by Cross Stitch Guide Connie Barwick.
of London, amongst others, were publishing a wide variety of stereoviews. It may well be the same scree slope which featured in Bull & Hawkins’ shot of the Barnes family. 1860-1865Detail from stereoview by unidentified photographer Image © and courtesy of John Bradley Another stereoview of the popular Stepping Stones area, probably taken in the early 1860s, shows a party having a picnic on the grass by the river, a few yards from where I believe Nigel’s photo was taken.
A couple of donkeys can be seen in the middle ground on the opposite side of the river, as well as evidence of how they transported all the picnic accoutrements from where the carriage had dropped them.
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