HARRISON, Edwin (1867-1903), photographer. DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND ART, MEDAL 1853. Department of Science and Art Students Prize, bronze medal, impressed on the rim "EDWIN HARRISON, NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME, STAGE 2". 45mm, EF, in its original case marked Department of Practical Art.
Edwin Harrison was a well know photographer who lived and worked in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. He was the son of carver and gilder George Harrison and Anne Stevenson (they married in 1835 in Newcastle-under-Lyme), and is recorded as an apprentice in the 1851 census. In 1862 Edwin married Hannah Gosling by whom he had two sons and two daughters. Edwin set up business as a photographer, joined by 1891 his son Alfred. In the 1881 census Edwin describes himself as an artist (painter), which in 1891 is also the profession of his daughter Annie. A monumental inscription for Edwin and Hannah (known as Annie), together with their daughter Evelyn, is recorded in Newcastle-under-Lyme Cemetery.