This cabinet card portrait was made by photographer George James Maddison, whose studio was at 9 Norfolk Road in Dalston, which is in the London Borough of Hackney. (In 1938 Norfolk Road was renamed Cecilia Road.) Information on the website photoLondon suggests he may have been the son of John Maddison, a photographer and retired baker. However, I haven’t been able to confirm that relationship using census records.
Among the boys, we can see tennis rackets and cricket bats, which don’t normally appear in school photos in the late Victorian era. In this first detail image, some of the male teachers are posing confidently together:
Some of the school’s support staff were also included in the portrait, as we can see in the open window below. I’m curious about the little basket on the table in the center of the image. Does anyone know what it might have been used for?
It looks like it might have been a fun place to go to school!
Post updated July 15, 2021 (photographer identified).