MOUNT, Arthur Edgar

1834 - 1923

Born at Barking High Street, Needham Market, Suffolk in 1834, fourth child of William Mount, a wire worker, and his wife Susan, née Hearn. In 1841, living at High Street, Needham Market with his parents and five sibling and in 1851 a 16 year old 'knife maker' living with his brother-in-law Henry Mollison, clerk, and his family at Little Cheyne Row, Chelsea. The first advertised studio photographer in Beccles when he advertised in the Beccles Weekly News in May 1857 'A E Mount, Smallgate, Photographer: Framed portrait, 2s 6d, Collodion process, colouring' and is listed in Kelly's directory in 1879 'artist and photographer at Station Road, Beccles'. In 1857 he married at Stow, Suffolk Ellen Wright and in 1861 a 26 year old photographic artist at Blyburgate Street with his 22 year old wife Ellen but by 1871 had moved his business to Sunnyside Villa, 6 Station Road, Beccles where he remained until his retirement in the late 1880's. His wife Ellen died in 1885 and later that year he married secondly at Beccles, Marian King and in 1891 still at Sunnyside Villa, a 58 year old retired photographer with his 44 year old Norwich born wife Maria[n] and in 1901 a 'retired artist and photographer' with his wife Marian at the same address but another photographer was also living at this address Albert C Jervis, maybe his apprentice and/or his successor as in 1899 Arthur had advertised Sunnyside as for sale or to let. He then moved to Norwich where his wife Marian died in 1905 and later that year he married for a third time Annie Ransome and in 1911 a 79 year old 'retired artist' living at 13 Somerleyton Street, Norwich with his 41 year old wife Annie (1869-1921), born at Norwich. Arthur died at Norwich on 4 June 1923 and as his wife had predeceased him and he had no issue by any of his wives he left his effects of 60 to Walter Samuel Mollison, a retired photographer, and the son of the above Henry Mollison.