SOPHIE D. PRIDEAUX [MRS. CLARENCE EDMUND FRY] 1861 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF VICTORIAN REMEDIES, RECIPES, SALVES, CURES AND CHEMICAL FORMULAE COMPILED AND HANDWRITTEN BY A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COLOURTURIST AND WIFE OF ONE OF BRITAIN'S MOST FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS
LONDON BRIGHTON DEVON ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN 1861 Full-Leather Good+ Manuscript
On offer is a super, original manuscript journal with association to the early British photographic era being an October 15 1861 Victorian manuscript recipe and household journal of remedies, recipes, salves, cleansers, cures and chemical formulas for all manner of conditions handwritten by Sophie [Sophia] D[unkin] Prideaux a photographic colourist by profession and wife of the noted photographer and son of Edmund Fry early British photography giant and known Quaker, Clarence Edmund Fry who married Sophia Dunkin Prideaux [b.1838 Modbury, Devon] in Brighton [marriage registered in Brighton during the First Quarter of 1865]. This one of a kind compilation includes cures titled: 'A lotion given to Uncle Richards by the celebrated oculist Dr. Mare, used by Uncle Ralph in Western Australia when the troops suffered terribly from Opthalmia.' Or 'I think you will get the escallops before this letter. Remember they must be cleaned carefully.' Some of the recipes for cures are as little as one line while the section on the treatment of Cholera runs seven pages. Historical notes: In the mid 1860s, three of Edmund Fry's sons [see 'Bio Notes'] were working as photographers. Clarence Edmund Fry (1840-1897), Edmund's eldest son, was operating a high-class photographic portrait studio at 55 Baker Street, London with his business partner and brother-in-law Joseph John Elliott (1835-1903). [See Elliott & Fry]. Walter Henry Fry (born 1841, Plymouth), Edmund's second son, was probably working as a photographer at the Brighton studio of Lombardi & Fry at 113 King's Road. Edmund Fry's youngest son Allen Hastings Fry (born 1847, Plymouth), was employed by the well known firm of Hennah & Kent, which had been operating a photographic portrait studio at 108 King's Road, Brighton since at least 1854. For a century the firm's core business was taking and publishing photographs of the Victorian public and social, artistic, scientific and political luminaries. In the 1880s the company operated three studios and four large storage facilities for negatives, with a printing works at Barnet. Clarence Edmund Fry was an early patron of Hubert von Herkomer, who in 1873 moved to Bushey apparently to be near his benefactor, and to start the Herkomer Art School. BIO NOTES: Edmund Fry (1811-1866) - Quaker and Peace Activist: Edmund Fry (left) appears to have been a leading member of the Peace Society in England during the 1840s and 1850s. As a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers), Edmund Fry was a pacifist and an opponent of aggressive military action. Edmund Fry was a friend and associate of Elihu Burritt (1810-1879), the American philanthropist and linguist, who was a strong advocate of world peace. After corresponding with British pacifists, Burritt visited England in 1846 and with his fellow peace campaigners, he organized the "League of Universal Brotherhood". Burritt travelled across England, addressing around 150 packed meetings on behalf of the League of Universal Brotherhood and thousands signed the universal peace pledge. It was during this period that Burritt made the acquaintance of Edmund Fry (a letter from Elihu Burritt to Edmund Fry, dated 10th February 1849, giving a report of his meetings in the North of England has been preserved). Edmund Fry was a prominent member of Burritt's League of Brotherhood and a letter signed by Fry on League of Brotherhood stationery, dating from around 1850, has survived. Following Elihu Burritt's example, Edmund Fry delivered lectures on the subject of pacifism and universal brotherhood. In 1856, Edmund Fry was corresponding with Burritt, who was now back in America. In November 1857, representing the "Peace Society" ( or in the words of a newspaper reporter " the Ultra-Peace Party" ) Edmund Fry addressed a large audience at Brighton's Town Hall regarding the actions of the British Army in India which followed the Indian Sepoy Rebellion earlier that year. At the start of the lecture, Edmund Fry declared openly that he "was a representative of that most unpopular body of men denominated the Peace Society." According to a local newspaper report, "with the exception of a little interruption at the commencement", Mr Fry "was listened to by the large audience (admitted free) with marked attention." Fry criticised the actions of the British Army in India, and expressed the concern that the English people, in response to the supposed "crimes and cruelties" inflicted in India, would be driven to "feelings of hatred and revenge". It was Fry's view that a Christian would not have "one innocent Sepoy fall for the acts committed by another who was guilty", but he feared that "in the vengeance executed and sought to be executed by the British, many a guiltless Sepoy had been slain." Fry feared that the national newspapers were exciting the public into "feelings of hatred and revenge", but he was pleased to find that, in going through the country, the English people had "no desire to see the British arms stained with the indiscriminate massacre of the innocent people of that empire." Approx 177 x 114 mm. 116 pp on 58 leaves, 13 pages unused at back of book. Includes a number of newspaper cuttings dated as late as 1895 about influenza. Overall G+.