POTTS - BISHOP. A Victorian carte-de-visite photograph album containing 76 CDV cards of which 21 are duplicates. The majority of cards are named or initialled and primarily feature the descendants of William Bishop (of Basingstoke)and Anne Esther Tovey and their daughter Anne Rice Bishop who married into the Potts family. Photographs of the earliest members of the family appear to be of portrait miniatures or small sketches. Other family names represented include Trimmer, Webster, Aitchison, Johnson, Wibberley and Moffett. The oblong album (c. 9 x 6 inches) is bound in red morocco with decorative green and gold embossing (scuffed) and has an intact gilt brass clasp. Album pages mostly spotted.
William Bishop (d.1813) of Basingstoke, Clerk to the Lieutenancy of Hampshire, married firstly in 1785 Elizabeth Trimmer (d.1803), and secondly in 1805 Anne Esther Tovey (d.1872). This album was evidently compiled by the Potts family related through the marriage of the chemist Robert Ullock Potts (1807-1880), firstly to Anne Rice Bishop (1807-1844), daughter of William Bishop and Anne Esther Tovey, and secondly in 1848 to Catharine Wigzell Johnson. The 1861 census indicates at least 5 children by Anne Rice Potts (Dorothy A., Robert A., Catherine J., Llewellin B. and Montague W.) and at least four by Catherine Wigzell Potts (Laurence, Rosalie C., William and Martha Emily). Other interesting branches of the family represented include the Rev Alfred Caesar Bishop (1811- 1885) and surgeon William Potts (1816-1896) and his wife Margaret Webster.