Photographers Index

York, Frederick Arlington Viner, 1823-1903, photographer

Gender: Male
Active Dates: 1823 - 1903
Active Area: Africa (continent)
Europe (continent)
South Africa (nation)
Western Cape, Province of the (province)
Cape Town (inhabited place)
United Kingdom (nation)
Great Britain (island)
British Isles (island group)
England (country)
Greater London (metropolitan area)
London (inhabited place)
Somerset (county)
Bridgwater (inhabited place)
Likenesses: None found.
Photographs: See list of photographs
Publications: None found.
Related Entries: Kirkman, Joseph, fl 1859-1879, photographer
London Stereoscopic Company
Frederick Arlington Viner was born in Bridgwater, Somerset, England, in 1823. He was apprenticed to a chemist in 1839. He worked as a 'Medical Galvanist' in Bath in the 1850s. He moved to Cape Town, South Africa, in 1855, where he worked as a professional photographer. He had learnt photography from Mr. Cogan, of Bath, before he left England. On his return to England in 1861 he was employed by the London Stereoscopic Company. He photographed Prince Alfred and, in 1863, the Prince of Wales. He started his own business in Lancaster Road, London, in 1864. He specialized in magic lantern slides and educational lecture sets. In 1882 the business was renamed York and Son. A branch was also opened in Friarn Street, Bridgwater. In 1869 York became a member of the Royal Photographic Society. He was on the Council of the Society 1879-81. York died in December 1903 (Bull and Denfield 1970, pp.218-221). York is known for his photographs of animals at the Zoological Gardens (Johnson 1990, p.718).
Sources: Bull, Marjorie and Denfield, Joseph (1970), 'Secure the shadow: the story of Cape photography from its beginnings to the end of 1870'. Cape Town: Terence McNally.
Johnson, William S. (1990), 'Nineteenth-century photographers: an annotated bibliography 1839-1879'. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall.

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