Can you tell me more about this family photograph from the Edwardian era?
I am told this photo is of the Richmond family. I know the man in the back row on the left is my maternal grandfather (born 1882 and killed at the Somme in 1917). The man in the centre of the back row is my great grandfather (born 1858) and I assume the woman sitting in front of him is his wife. The four younger ladies are my grandfather’s sisters born 1881, 1887, 1889 and 1891. Would the photo be from around 1900? I’m trying to establish who the man in the centre and the woman on his right are. Pauline Carney, by email
AThis is an interesting group showing a range of dress styles, seemingly shot outside rather than in a studio. From the dress of the two seated young women, I would suggest a date in the mid-1900s of about 1904-5. There seems to be a strong family resemblance between the ladies either side of the bearded man, so perhaps they are related. This might be an avenue to explore further. The men show very different dress styles: your grandfather, in his 20s, the conventional young Edwardian clean-shaven male in a three-piece lounge suit; your great grandfather lacking a waistcoat and wearing the cloth cap of the working man; the man next to him might be in service as he is formally dressed; the man in the centre is wearing clothes from the previous century. Such diverse dress styles within one group, due to work and age, were not uncommon. Alison Toplis