CLARKE, Henry Barnes & Mary Elliott [née WHITING]. A pair of 1/6th plate tinted ambrotypes of a young man and woman housed in full leather cases. That of the man is a pristine plate, superbly coloured, the cover glass etched 1857, housed in a full leather embossed case, with a handwritten label reading "HB Clarke 1857 Aged 28 ". That of the young woman is again a pristine plate, superbly coloured, housed in a plain full leather case (spine repaired), bearing the gilt trade mark of Humphreys & Halliwell Photographic Artist, and on the top cover is a handwritten label reading "M.E. Clarke 1857 Aged 21". A charming husband and wife pair of images, and superb examples of tinted ambrotypes. Both come with copies of genealogical information from census records etc.
Henry Barnes Clarke (1829-1901) was born in Timberscombe, Minehead, Somerset, the son of William and Elizabeth Clarke. In 1855 Henry married Mary Elliott Whiting (1836-1919) who was born in Great Malvern, Worcestershire, and it was in Great Malvern that the couple settled and brought up their family. Henry was a chemist and druggist and set up in business in premises in Church Street, Great Malvern - the business must have been successful for Henry is recorded in 1875 as having building work undertaken for a new villa residence. Their children were: Margaretta Elizabeth born in 1856, and married in 1878 John Clarke; Fanny Marion born in 1858, and married in 1884 George Vincent Davis; Henry Robert S. born in 1859, and married in 1899 (Hannah Cross or Maude Gray?); Annie Louisa born in 1862, and married in 1882 John Walter Privett; and Alice Mary born in 1864, and married in 1893 John Newstead.