Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Pug by Poole


In this photograph a pretty young girl sits on a chair with her beloved pug sitting casually beside her. It was taken in Teignmouth by Samuel Poole who was the photographer to the Prince and Princess of Wales of the era (Albert Edward -later King Edward VII & Alexandra of Denmark -later Queen Alexandra).

Poole was born in 1823 in Taunton, Somerset where he worked as a house builder in his early 20's, before moving to Teignmouth, Devon in 1859 with his wife Mary Ann and their six children, so he could set up his photographic studio (by 1868 Poole and his wife had another three children!) Four of his children would go on to work in the Studio alongside their father who continued working until 3 years before his death in 1906. Lots more information on Poole and his family history can be found here.

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