jueves, 8 de mayo de 2014

Fotografia albúmina photographer Silvester Parry Chester .Vintage albumen photo St Deiniol’s, the Parish church of Hawarden,county of Flintshire

La foto lleva como autor, en el negativo, en la parte inferior derecha de la misma a 
  • Silvester Parry Photo

Son  pocos los datos que he conseguido sobre la actividad de  este fotógrafo si bien hay referencias sobre su trabajo en diferentes archivos y museos. 
En una primera búsqueda localicé que tuvo estudios en

 11 St Martins in the Fields, Chester
7 St Werburghs Mount, Chester

Visto que no conseguía datos por la búsqueda en internet me puse en contacto con
   Biblioteca de Chester 
Su servicio de : 

Information Librarian
Cheshire Libraries Shared Services


me ha proporcionado los datos que adjunto al final del post.
También esta Biblioteca tuvo la amabilidad de dirigirme hacia la Sociedad Fotográfica de Chester, facilitándome el link correspondiente, por si ellos pudieran darme la identificación de la Iglesia de esta foto.
Pues bien, el Secretario de esta Sociedad ha respondido magníficamente enviando la foto a varios de sus asociados, siendo que uno de ellos ha identificado la Iglesia.

Estos son los datos conseguidos gracias a:

Chester Society for Landscape History

Dr S.M. Varey
Chairman, Chester Society for Landscape History


Thank you for your e-mail.  You are right that the church is close to Chester.  It is St Deiniol’s, the parish church of Hawarden in the county of Flintshire in north Wales; it is only 12 km west of Chester.

Although the parish is old, the church was substantially rebuilt in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  I attach a description of the church and its surroundings from Edward Hubbard, The buildings of Wales:  Clwyd (Denbighshire and Flintshire) (Penguin Books/University of Wales Press, 1986, 0-14-071052-3) [pp. 366-369].

The church and village are closely associated with the great nineteenth-century British Liberal prime minister William Ewart Gladstone (prime minister a number of times between 1868 and 1894), whose home was at Hawarden Castle, opposite the church.  He bequeathed his own library to the public, and the collection, mainly history and religion, is housed in a beautiful building close to the church which is a residential library open to the public.  Do visit it if you are in the area – it is a wonderful place!

Also close to the church is the old rectory, which houses the public record office for the county of Flintshire.  I am sure that the staff there will be pleased to help you with any more detailed enquiries about the church and its surroundings.  Their address is:  The Archivist, Flintshire County Record Office, The Old Rectory, Rectory Lane, Hawarden, GB-CH5 3NR, telephone +44-1244-532364, e-mail archives@flintshire.gov.uk ,

You might also be interested in this report on historic settlements in Flintshire:
published by the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, web: http://www.cpat.org.uk/ ,
who are the public archaeology service for north-east Wales.

And, of course, we would be pleased to help you ourselves if we can – we have a number of members in north-east Wales.

  •  Quisiera señalar que esta amabilidad y profesionalidad en la contestación, o cuando menos, intento de ayudar es  habitual en el  Estados Unidos, muy buena en Inglaterra, algo menos en Francia ( la excepción en Francia es la BNF- Gallica que es, como he dicho repetidas veces, extraordinaria) y escasa, muy escasa en España donde nos ayudamos más los coleccionistas entre nosotros que las propias instituciones ( pero va mejorando:::::.)

Datos sobre la vida del fotógrafo facilitados por

Information Librarian
Cheshire Libraries Shared Services



Silvester Parry was born c.1837, Malpas Chester
Father: Benjamin Parry b. 1809, Chester
Mother: Mary Parry b. 1811, Malpas Chester
Brother: John Parry b. 1839
Grandfather: Thomas Silvester b. 1781
Wife: Eliza Parry nee Burford b. 1847, Wednesbury, Staffordshire

1841 census
Silvester Parry, age 4, living Brunswick Buildings, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, with parents, brother & grandfather

1851 census
Silvester is living with his parents, 15 Carlton Street, Liverpool. His father Benjamin is working as a Town Missionary

1861 census
Silvester is working as a carpenter, living with his mother. Living Grimshaw Street, Preston.

1871 census
Silvester is working as a photographer, living with his wife Eliza Parry, and son Frederick Herbet Parry, Garden Lane, Chester

1881 census
Silvester is listed as a visitor, Rhuddlan, Wales, he is working as a photographer with 5 hands and 1 boy

1891 census
Silvester is living with his family at 23 Raymond Street, Chester, working as a photographer

I have found a copy of his probate record. Silvester passed away 10th June 1901, Hahnemann Hospital, Liverpool. Leaving £143 18s to his wife Eliza




  • Exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society 1870-1915

Records for Silvester Parry

Exhibition YearRPS membershipHonours and affiliationsAddress
1880 none  Chester 
1881 member  St. Werburghs, Mount Chester 
1882 member  The Cathedral Studios, Chester 


  • Getty Museum

Silvester Parry

Primary Title: [Views of the Isle of Man, England, Canada, South Africa plus some works of art]
Maker Name: B. Brooks (photographer)
Arthur Lucas (photographer) [British, active 1870s]
Sylvester
Parry (photographer) [British, active 1880s]
George Washington Wilson (photographer) [British, 1823 - 1893]
Unknown (photographer)
Type: Photographs
Medium: Albumen silver / Carbon / Platinum / Gelatin silver
Place: Place Created:
Date: 1873 - 1896
Source: J. Paul Getty Museum
Object Number: 84.XA.1540
Object Name: Album
Photographs / Albums
Department: Photographs
Dimensions: 8vo
Culture: British
Inscription: Some mounts with ms. captions.

Silvester Parry