MOUNT, Arthur Edgar

1834 - 1923

Arthur Edgar Mount was born at Barking High Street, Needham Market, Suffolk in 1834, fourth child of William Mount, a wire worker, and his wife Susan, née Hearn who married at Barking on 22 December 1818. In 1841, Arthur was 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'. He married firstly at Stow, Suffolk in 1857, Ellen Wright and in 1861, a 26-year-old photographic artist, at Blyburgate Street, Beccles 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 1880s. 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 with another photographer also living at this address, Albert C Jervis, maybe his apprentice and/or his successor as in 1899 Arthur advertised Sunnyside as for sale or to let. Arthur then moved to Norwich where his wife Marian died in 1905 and later that year he married for a third time, Annie Ransome (1869-1921) and in 1911, a 79-year-old 'retired artist', living at 13 Somerleyton Street, Norwich with his 41 year old wife Annie, who was born at Norwich. Arthur Edgar Mount died at 13 Somerleyton Street, 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 Walter Henry Mollison, a relation of one of his sisters.