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Historic Photograph Collections

London Stereoscopic Co. stereos, 1850s-1860s

PH194_002

The London Stereoscopic Co. dominated the industry in the 1850s. Its principal photographer, William England (c.1816-1896), produced a set of American travel images in 1859 that provided Europeans with the first look at the American landscape--including the iconic Niagara Falls--and in 1862 took images at London's International Exhibition. The collection consists of 27 images, 24 by England. Many are hand-tinted.

Box 1:

  • PH194_002_2337: Washington, U.S., From the Capitol. [View of Washington, D.C. from the dome of the Capitol. Roof of Capitol in foreground; mostly vacant land surrounding building; densely built city in background.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC Washington, D.C. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2338: Incident in the Life of a Pioneer. [Sculpture by Horatio Greenough portrays desperate encounter between pioneer family and an Indian, located on the grand flight of stairs leading to the porch of the Capitol.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC Washington, D.C. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2339: View of the Capitol, Washington, U.S. [Capitol building, Washington, D.C. after destruction of wooden dome in 1855. First story of drum to support dome is under construction. View of building is across lawn.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC Washington, D.C. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2343: Boston, United States--From the State House, Looking West. [View of the western part of the city with rows of brownstones, the Charles River and the Bay. Filling of the Bay not yet evident. Hand tinted stereo photos.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC Massachusetts—--Boston. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2353: West Point on the Hudson. New York State. [Hand tinted photos taken from West Point overlooking the Hudson River; Cronest Mountain in the background. Man in stovepipe hat in foreground; other men lean on fence near fortifications.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC New York--—West Point. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2375: Niagara in Winter. [View of Niagara Falls through snow-covered trees. Hand tinted photos. Poetic description of Niagara in winter on back of photo. "Lawrence & Houseworth" and "The London Stereoscopic Company" embossed on card.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC New York—--Niagara Falls. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2383: Niagara--The American Fall. [Hand tinted photos of waterfall seen from the Canadian side, buildings in background. Poetic description of falls on back of photo. Three cent Green Tax Stamp on back of photo.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC New York—--Niagara Falls. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2384: Panoramic View of the Niagara Falls, and the River below. From the Clifton Hotel, Canada. [Hand tinted photos of Horseshoe Falls, in foreground group of men sit on bluff overlooking the river.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC New York—--Niagara Falls. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2385: View from Table Rock, Niagara. [View down river with Clifton House hotel, Canada, on the far bank. Hand tinted photos. "Lawrence & Houseworth" embossed on card. Description of view on back of card.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC New York--—Niagara Falls. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2386: Instantaneous View of the Horse-Shoe Fall, with the Terapin Tower and Bridge, Niagara. [Hand tinted photos. View taken from Goat Island. Tower built 1829, destroyed 1872. " Lawrence & Houseworth" embossed on card. Description of view on back of card.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC New York--—Niagara Falls. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2387: The Horse-Shoe Fall, Niagara, as Viewed from Goat Island. [Beautiful hand tinted photos. View taken from Goat Island showing Terapin Tower and wooden bridge, with fairly high water. "Lawrence & Houseworth" embossed on card.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC New York—--Niagara Falls. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2469: Montreal Canada. View looking South West. [General view of city with large neo-classical building in foreground. Hand-tinted photos. Detailed description of city on back of photo. "Lawrence & Houseworth" embossed on card.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC Canada. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2470: View on the Lachine Canal, near Montreal, Canada. [View of steamboat "Salaberry" on the Lachine Canal, city in background. Hand-tinted photos. Detailed description of the building of the canal on back of photo.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC Canada. DATE 1859.
  • PH194_002_2473: Paris. Vue instantanee de la fete de Montmartre. No. 118. Place St. Pierre le jour de la Fete. [Festival scene with large decorative tents and huge crowd of people. City in background. "Lawrence & Houseworth" embossed on card.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC France--—Paris. DATE 1860s.
  • PH194_002_2474: No. 38. Boulevart de Strasbourg, a Paris--Vue Instantanee. --(2) [View down wide tree-lined street. Horse-drawn vehicles fill the street, pedestrians crowd the sidewalks. "Lawrence & Houseworth" embossed on card.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC France--—Paris. DATE 1860s.
  • PH194_002_2475: No. 28. Rue St. Antoine, a Paris--Vue Instantanee. [Street scene with many horse-drawn vehicles--buggies, wagons, a coach--on the street. Pedestrians crowd the sidewalk; awnings shade the sunny side of the street.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC France--—Paris. DATE 1860s.
  • PH194_002_2476: No. 60. Vue Instantanee de Paris. Gare de Strasbourg. [View of Gare d l'Est (East Station), one of the largest and oldest railway stations in Paris. Opened in 1849 by the Paris-Strasbourg Railway Company.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC France--—Paris. DATE 1860s.
  • PH194_002_2477: Palais de Justice, Paris. [View across Paris from high vantage point. Palace of Justice in foreground; many grand buildings in distance. Building under construction near palace. "Lawrence & Houseworth" embossed on card.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC France--—Paris. DATE 1860s.
  • PH194_002_2478: No. 39. Boulevart de Sebastopol, a Paris.--Vue Instantanee--(2). [View down tree-lined street. Horse-drawn vehicles fill the street, pedestrians crowd the sidewalks. Openwork tower/scaffolding? on sidewalk.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC France--—Paris. DATE 1860s.
  • PH194_002_2489: No. 168. Carving. Group of Game, by T. H. Kendall. The International Exhibition of 1862. ["Lawrence & Houseworth" embossed on card. Three-cent green and two-cent blue tax stamps on back of photo.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC England--—London. DATE 1862.
  • PH194_002_2490: No. 291. The Mother's Kiss. The International Exhibition of 1862. [Sculpture of mother and child. "Lawrence & Houseworth" embossed on card. Three-cent green and two-cent blue tax stamps on back of photo.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC England--—London. DATE 1862.
  • PH194_002_02491: No. 292. Nymph and Cupid, by Westmacott. The International Exhibition of 1862. [Sculpture. "Lawrence & Houseworth" embossed on card. Three-cent green and two-cent blue tax stamps on back of photo.] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC England--—London. DATE 1862.
  • PH194_002_2492: No. 337. The Russian Court, No. 1. The International Exhibition of 1862. [Wildlife exhibits from Siberia in glass cases. "Lawrence & Houseworth" embossed on card. Three-cent green and two-cent blue tax stamps on back of photo.]] BY England, William (1830-1896) for London Stereo Co. LOC England--—London. DATE 1862.
  • PH194_02_2481mising: Views of the exhibition. London stereoscopic and photographic company. Nos: 2,11, 12, 35, 49, 93, 131, 133, 168, 291, 292, 337, 2481: The nave from the western dome. 2482: Austrian court, 5. 2483: Sculpture, Italian court, 1. 2484: Foreign picture g BY London stereoscopic and photographic company. LOC England--—London. DATE 1862.
  • PH194_002_2543: No. 157. Portion of Horse-Shoe Fall, Niagara. [Man sits on edge of cliff next to top of falls. Description of waterfall on back of photo. Possibly photographed by London Stereoscopic Company.] BY London Stereoscopic Company. LOC New York--—Niagara Falls. DATE 1860s c. .
  • PH194_002_2467: The Wedding. [Hand-tinted photo of English wedding party standing before minister in neo-gothic church. Women wear elaborate gowns; men are more soberly dressed. Attrib. ] BY London stereoscopic and photographic company. LOC California--—San Francisco. DATE 1860s. .
  • PH194_002_2468: The Christening. [Hand-tinted photo of English christening party standing at font. Appears to be same church as in "The Wedding" stereo. Women wear colorful gowns with shawls and hats; men are more soberly dressed. Attrib. BY London stereoscopic and photographic company. LOC California--—San Francisco. DATE 1860s.
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