Can you tell me more about this fam­ily pho­to­graph from the Ed­war­dian era?

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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

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