LANGTON. A Victorian carte-de-visite / cabinet photograph album with 13 cabinet cards and 24 carte-de-visite photographs , of which 14 photographs have handwritten identifications. A further 8 handwritten identifications are present but the photographs are missing (unless other cards in the album have been moved). On the front inner blank page is the inscription 'Mrs F.M.Grehan's album' and another reading 'The Langton family & relatives'. The named sitters include Mrs Frank Langton who appears in several portraits; Mrs M.F.Berington née Fanny Brown; Mr & Mrs Lawless; George Grehan and his son Stephen; Dr Alford; Mrs Mahony; a fine portrait of Rev. Canon Alfred White; plus other members of the Langton family. Other inscriptions include reference to Capt.H.M.J.Langton, and H.J. & J.M.Langton. Several London photographers are represented, with others located at Malvern, Dover, Cork, Dublin and Brussels. The album (8 x 9 inches) has a brass clasp but the leather binding is in poor condition, with a very worn spine and split joints (boards still attached). The contents are in very good condition.
This family has been difficult to trace through the usual English census and birth, marriages and deaths records, but relatives will doubtless recognize names amongst those recorded here. The Rev. Canon Alfred White who may or may not be a relative (there is also a CDV of Mr John White taken in Dublin) was a Roman Catholic priest, born in London in 1825 and died in 1904 in Hammersmith. The Berington family have strong associations with Malvern, Shropshire - photographs of Mrs Frank Langton were also taken in Malvern.