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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Captain William George Stretton

Dates:  1836 - 1899, 4 June
Died:  Burma, Rangoon

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A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

Commercial, India
1 Love Lane, Byculla, Bombay, 1870-2; 5 Chowringhee Road and 4 Dacre's Lane, Calcutta, 1875-80. In Calcutta he advertised himself as ‘Marine Photographer’.
Married to Maria (or Marie) Lilia; their son William George Stretton, b. 19 Sep 1867, was baptised at Byculla Church, Bombay on 28 Jan 1868; the notification lists Stretton’s profession as ‘Commanding H. M. S. Elphinstone.’ Died at Rangoon 4 Jun 1899 and buried the same day, his occupation given as ‘Pilot.’[1]
‘The Byculla Studio. Few photographic studios can compare with the above for comfort and coolness. Its retired but central position, attached to a bungalow surrounded by a large compound, imparts to it a private character rarely met with, which is much appreciated, affording at the same time every facility for the exercise of the photographic art. From Mr Stretton’s recent connection with the eminent firm of messrs. Mayer and Pierson, of Paris, he can guarantee first class work....1 Love Lane, Parell Road, Bombay’.[2]
Contributed a number of views illustrating cotton cultivation and preparation in Western India to the Vienna Universal Exhibition of 1873.[3]
1870-[72] W. G. Stretton, photographer, 1 Love Lane, Byculla, Bombay, (The Times of India Calendar and Directory).
1875 Captain W. G. Stretton, photographer, 5 Chowringhee Road, Calcutta (Thacker’s).
1876-80 Captain W. G. Stretton, ‘Outdoor group and marine photographer, 41/2 Dacre’s Lane, Calcutta.
1881-5 Listed as a landing, forwarding and shipping agent, not as photographer.
1884- From 1884, listed as pilot of the vessel Guide at Rangoon.
1886-90 Not listed, but Madame Stretton continues to be listed as ‘pianist’.
1891 No listing.
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  1. Λ IOR/N/1/275 f. 224. 
  2. Λ Advertisement in The Times of India Calendar and Directory for 1870. 
  3. Λ J. Forbes Watson, Vienna Universal Exhibition, 1873. A classified and descriptive catalogue of the Indian Department (London, 1873), pp. 148-151. 

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