Collection: Mrs Alice Marcon Collection

1863 - 1899
Collection containing Photographic material
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This collection of original photographic prints is an excellent record of rural and village life in the nineteenth century, showing the buildings and people of various rural localities. Many of the buildings featured have subsequently been altered or demolished. Over half of the photographs show domestic buildings, particularly well represented are manor houses and country houses. Geographical coverage is limited to just 6 counties, with 70% of the views in Northamptonshire, the home county of Mrs Marcon. Other counties represented include, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and North Yorkshire. Most of the photographs were taken by Mrs Marcon between 1890 - 1899, the remainder were taken by an unknown photographer between 1863 and 1868. The photography is of a high standard and includes one photograph of her father, Sir Henry Dryden taken at Canons Ashby.

Archival History

The prints were donated to the National Buildings Record by Alice Marcon between 1941 and 1943. Northampton Public Library holds the negatives. Mrs Marcon was born Alice Dryden, daughter of Sir Henry Dryden, in c1866. She is the only female professional photographer working in the 19th century, whose work is represented in the National Monuments Record archive. The collection was catalogued in detail in September 2000


This Collection is divided into 128 Child Records
This Collection contains the following materials:
Photograph (Print): 128


Source: Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Creator of Archive: Marcon, Alice