GO BACK IN TIME THROUGH THE EYES OF VICTORIAN PHOTOGRAPHER WILLIAM HOGG

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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.

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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.

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You can find out more about the collections of the Isle of Wight Heritage Service at www.iwight.com/museums.

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All-knowing
All-knowing
1 month ago

The ONLY thing to look forward to, is the past. Fitting words from a comedy series.

Even 2 WW’s couldn’t ruin the beauty here as much as this ‘lot’ in control now are doing.

Think, and vote them out.

Lovely photo’s though.

All-knowing
All-knowing
Reply to  All-knowing
1 month ago

Ps, for lovers of Island history, someone has written a really great story based at Knighton Gorges involving the Famous Five characters as made famous by Enid Blyton. Our children loved it and it is free to read and download and perfectly decent for children to read.

Not allowed to post links, but have typed such for you to search for if you or your children are into famous five books.

IF so, copy the first line below into your browser to find the site and then scroll down four or five other books until you find the one entitled ‘Five visit the isle of wight’ book by Isla Wight.

Enid Blyton FanFiction Archive Fanfiction

FIVE VIST THE ISLE OF WIGHT.

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Reply to  All-knowing
1 month ago

Thanks for the heads up all knowing.

Read some to the children last evening and a really impressed.

Thank you for the info.

Non Original Lady Dun Standing
Non Original Lady Dun Standing
Reply to  All-knowing
1 month ago

Our children were raised with Enid Blyton ringing in their ears, so what a lovely idea to see a Famous Five story based here, on the Isle of Wight.

Likely, going by the first two chapters I will enjoy as much as they did, as will my Grandchildren.

Thank you for informing us.

How did you find out about such?

Lloyd Black's
Lloyd Black's
Reply to  All-knowing
1 month ago

We are on the third chapter already. Nice find all-knowin

Cindy_ical
Cindy_ical
Reply to  Lloyd Black's
1 month ago

Can it be printed or just read on line? Looks really interesting being local and Blytonesqe.

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