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Mendelssohn, Hayman Selig (photographer)



Hayman Selig Mendelssohn was a naturalised British subject. He was originally from Poland, but fled after taking part in an uprising. He is thought to have been a relative of Albert Mendelssohn (Centre for Whistler Studies 2003). Mendelssohn initially worked for the Downey Studio before establishing his own business. He practised as a photographer in Newcastle and opened a studio in South Kensington, London in 1882. He was based at 27 Cathcart Road, South Kensington, from 1883 to 1888 and had a partner studio in Oxford Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. He established another studio at 14 Pembridge Crescent, Bayswater, London, in 1886 (Pritchard 1994, p.87). In 1887 he was in business with Herman E. Mendelssohn (Centre for Whistler Studies 2003). Mendelssohn was still in business in 1908 (Pritchard 1994, p.87). As well as producing cabinet and carte-de-visite photographs, Mendelssohn was a publisher and importer of photographs and chromos, and a printseller (Centre for Whistler Studies 2003).


Centre for Whistler Studies (2003), 'Hayman Selig Mendelssohn, ca 1849-?? [Internet]'. Glasgow: Centre for Whistler Studies. Available from: [Accessed 1 March 2004].

Pritchard, Michael (1994), 'A directory of London photographers 1841-1908'. Watford: PhotoResearch.

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Portrait of Walter Montagu Kerr

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3052K
Scope and Contents A woodburytype print measuring 103 x 166 mm. mounted as the frontispiece to Walter Montagu Kerr, 'The Far Interior' (2 vols. London 1886). The half length studio portrait shows Kerr in an open necked shirt and a bush hat standing in front of a backdrop of vegetation.Kerr (1852-1888), an explorer of central Africa in Livingstone's footsteps started life as an engineer, working for a period on the old Tay Bridge. In 1873 he went to California in an engineering capacity, eventually...
Dates: 1886
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