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Colour Photography Pioneer at 97 Chesterfield Gardens, 1920

Born in 1866, Arthur E Morton (FRPS) lived at 97 Chesterfield Gardens in Harringay in the early 20th century. (In the 1901 census he is shown as a visitor at a house in Cavendish Road - a lodger? Visiting friends, but already living in Chesterfield Gardens?). By 1911, he's at 97 Chesterfield. In the census of that year, he is described as a headteacher and examiner of shorthand at the City of London College.

He took a number of pictures of his Harringay home which survive today. They include this colour photo taken in 1920, of his Harringay Garden (I'm assuming that it was taken facing towards the back of his garden showing the side of the first house on Cleveland Gardens and its front bay). it is among the earliest colour photographs taken in this country and was produced using Autochrome and Paget processes. The Paget colour process was a relatively short lived method for producing colour photographs in the early 20th century. Patented in 1912, it was largely abandoned in the 1920s and was generally considered to produce coloured images which were pale in comparison to autochromes, the main colour process then available. The Autochrome process, developed by Auguste and Louis Lumiere, was in use from around 1907 to the mid 1930s.

The second image shows the front of Morton's property and was taken at some point between 1920 and 1930.

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Comment by Hugh on August 27, 2018 at 19:29

Here are a few more pictures.

Firstly one of Morton himself (photographer unknown - possibly a self-portrait). The photograph is a re-photographed image of the original glass plate and the copyright is owned by Brendon Franks and is displayed here with his kind permission

A picture of his daughter, Dorothy, all dressed up as Lady Bruce in 1910. Although the photo was taken in the garden at 97 Chesterfield, demure Dorothy was dressed up for a Tottenham Carnival :

One of his colour still lifes - a vase of anemones, probably from his Harringay garden:

Comment by Hugh on December 3, 2018 at 17:41

Thanks again to Brendon Franks for sending me this photo of Morton's daughter, Dorothy. It is thought that the male subject is Dorothy's fiancé or husband. This may have been taken in the garden of 97 Chesterfield.

Comment by Hugh on December 16, 2018 at 22:19

Thanks again to Brendon for another photo. Brendon added the following explanation:

This is a Paget Process Colour Plate but does not have its colour screen attached. If it had that screen it would be in colour. This explains the subject being a demonstration of colour photography. You can imagine the colour in the kimono and fan. The tell-tale sign is that when it is magnified you can see a diagonal hatching

Comment by Hugh on February 21, 2021 at 19:27

See also this contribution by Peter, which includes a newspaper article showing Morton as the Hon Secretary of the Beautiful Harringay Society!

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