A fascinating online exhibition has been created to help pass the lockdown hours through the lens of photographer William Hogg of Ryde, who lived from 1844 to 1928.
You can delve into period-evoking images covering both life and location in the times of Hogg, with a particular focus on the first few decades of the 20th century in and around Ryde.
The exhibition has been created by the Isle of Wight Heritage Service and can be viewed on the council’s website at https://www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Libraries-Cultural-and-Heritage/Heritage-Service/Cowes-Maritime-Museum/The-photographs-of-William-Robert-Hogg-1844-1928.
William Hogg worked as a photographer for Jabez Hughes of Ryde, and later ran a tobacconist shop and sub post office in the town while continuing to record the everyday lives and activities of the people of the area. He was often commissioned by local families to take pictures of their houses – and the collection also contains magnificent images of churches, hotels and other significant buildings.
His pictures recall how people lived their lives, from their moments of leisure to the clothes they wore – with the exhibition encompassing a period of great national and international change from the Edwardian era into the First World War and after.
The photographs contrast relaxing moments of people rowing on Ryde Boating Lake, and yacht racing off Ryde Pier – to a First World War tank presented to Ryde in 1919 in recognition of funds contributed by the town to the war effort, totalling £501,432.
The Isle of Wight Heritage service holds a collection of more than 200 glass negatives by Hogg, who earlier in his career also frequently visited Osborne House to take pictures of Queen Victoria and the royal family.
You can find out more about the collections of the Isle of Wight Heritage Service at www.iwight.com/museums.