Portrait of James Ashburn(?) or John W. Ashbury(?) or William Ashbury (?), London, Ontario

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Cooper, John, Photographer
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A formal black and white portrait of a well dressed gray haired gentleman with an abundant mustache and sideburns. He is wearing a dark suit jacket and waistcoat with a white shirt and bow tie. A pocket watch(?) dangles from his waistcoat.
This is a card mounted print of an original cabinet card from the studio of John Cooper who was in business in London from 1857-1890.

In the past someone had interpreted the cryptic handwriting on the reverse of photograph as James Ashburn. Further research did not find a James Ashburn in London during the time of John Cooper's photography business, but it did reveal the name Ashbury. Two possibilities presented themselves. The first was John W. Ashbury, a London druggist who moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1881 at the age of 46. Since the gentleman in the portrait appears somewhat older and the inscription on the back could be interpreted as "Mr. Ashbury" this may be the second possibility, William Ashbury, an early pioneer blacksmith whose business was at the corner of Dundas Street and Market Lane. William Ashbury died Sept. 3 1889 in his early seventies. His wife, Jane Guest Ashbury died tragically in the Victoria Day disaster, May 24, 1881, when 181 people died after the steamship Victoria overturned in the Thames River.

The map shows the location for John Cooper's photography studio after 1875 when he moved from 198 Dundas Street to 440/442 Clarence Street.

On the front under the photograph, faintly deciferable: Chromotype Patent Permanent Photograph (and) logo: J superimposed on F (and) John Cooper.

On reverse in handwriting which is hard to decifer : [Mr. Ashb---]
Date of Original:
ca. 1880s
Width: 10.6 cm
Height: 16.4 cm
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 8.8cm
Image Height: 11.3cm
Local identifier:
John Cooper Photograph
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.985138923895 Longitude: -81.2477803230286
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Creative Commons licence:
by [more details]
Recommended Citation:
Ivey Family London Room, London Public Library, London, Ontario, Canada
Reproduction Notes:
London Room Photograph Archives - PG E125
London Public Library
WWW address:
Agency street/mail address:
251 Dundas Street London, ON N6A 6H9
Portrait of James Ashburn(?) or John W. Ashbury(?) or William Ashbury (?), London, Ontario
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