IOW Photographer - Brown



Photographer Joseph Milman Brown
Active Period 1875 - 1921
Lifespan Born:  c1846  Newport, IOW Died:  1923  IOW
Studio Addresses Mayfield House, Shanklin
High Street, Shanklin
North Road, Shanklin (son)
Associates Milman Harvey Brown, son
Trade History 1875 Kelly's PO Directory of IOW
Joseph Milman Brown, photographer, High Street, Shanklin

1881 Census
Milman J Brown, photographer, 3 Shaftesbury Building, High Street, Shanklin

1891 Census index
Joseph M Brown, Shanklin
Milman H Brown, Shanklin

1898 Kelly's Directory of IOW (pages 310 & 551)
Joseph Milman Brown, photographer, High Street, Shanklin

1899 Kelly's Directory of Hampshire & IOW (page 653)
Joseph Milman Brown, High Street, Shanklin

1906 Kelly's Directory IOW (Photographers index page 662)
Joseph Milman Brown, High Street, Shanklin

1910 Kelly's Directory of IOW
Joseph Milman Brown, High Street, Shanklin

1921-22 Kelly's Directory of IOW (page 729)
Joseph Milman Brown, High Street, Shanklin

1921-22 Kelly's Directory of IOW (page 729)
Milman Harry[sic] Brown, North Road, Shanklin

Awards 1891 - Exhibited works at Vienna (see press cutting below)
Evidence Found
before 1881 - estimated date of photo (Mayfield House) - see below
Examples of
Trade Cards,
Adverts, etc
Brown1.jpg (23746 bytes)
Example of Brown's photo back before 1881
My thanks to Jane Merry (Uxbridge) for supplying this photo back.

Brown2.jpg (15025 bytes)
Another example of Brown's photo back.

An example of a Brown's photo having possibly a later style back
There is an indistinct negative number something like 41.069 on the very edge
My thanks to Claire Finch for supplying this photo.

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An example of a Brown's Series postcard, postmarked 1910
My thanks to Ann Barrett for supplying this postcard.

Family History Joseph Milman Brown was born c1846 in Newport. In the 1881 census he is recorded as being a photographer living at 3 Shaftesbury Buildings, Shanklin along with his wife, Amelia (Nee Dunn, 32) from Gloucester, and three children of school age, Ellen (10), Milman H[arvey] (7) and Flora (6) - all being born in Shanklin. The family was still living in Shanklin at the time of the 1891 census, though full details have yet to be researched.

Joseph Milman Brown died in September 1923 and was buried at Shanklin Cemetery alongside his wife who had pre-deceased him by 3 years. His son, Milman Harvey, died in April 1952 and was also buried at Shankin Cemetery.

Further Notes "A FREE CONCERT - was given at the Oddfellows' Hall on Wednesday in conjunction with the Ventnor Starr-Bowkett Building Society, the novelty attracting a full house. Signor D'Anna's string band were the principal performers, and acquitted themselves as only talented musicians can. Several songs were tastefully sung by Miss Cooper and Miss Geddes. A short address, explaining the aims and principles of the society, was given by Mr J Milman Brown, of Shanklin, after which an appropriation was held, the successful member being Mr Rogers, Pitt Farm, Wroxall, who thus becomes entitled to 200 free of interest for 12 years."
 - IW County Press, 30 March 1889

"Mr J MILMAN BROWN - is one of the British photographers whose works are included in the 4000 exhibits from all parts of the Continent now being shown at Vienna."
 - IW County Press, 16 May 1891

"Mr J M BROWN'S PRIZE PHOTOGRAPH - Last week we recorded Mr John Milman Brown's success at the Falmouth Photographic Exhibition. Since then we have seen a print from the prize-winning negative, which is in every way worthy of the honour it has attained. It represents a sheep-fold with Hungerbury Wood and Shanklin Down in the background, the chief merit of the composition being its wonderfully realistic atmospheric effect. Mr brown's album of Island views, as seen with the eyes of a photographic artist, is a revelation to ordinary lovers of the beauties of nature by which we are surrounded."
 - IW County Press, 10 Sep 1892

"Mr. J. MILMAN BROWN. - In an appreciative notice of the photographic work of this gentleman, a writer in the Hand, Camera and Lantern Review speaks of his works as "in many respects worthy of being ranked with those of some of our most renowned exponents of the art-science." We gather from the article that Mr. Brown first obtained recognition of his work in 1876 at Falmouth for "The wishing gate" and "Falling leaves," for which success was followed by a first prize medal, in 1877, from the same town, for "The valley of Bonchurch." His latest award was the grand diploma of honour at the Vienna International Exhibition. He has been 27 years in the profession. A photographer's life is evidently not always a happy one. To secure one of his pictures he had to take his weighty impedimenta a considerable distance on five different days before he could secure the desired effect, each journey costing him a guinea for carriage hire."
 - IW County Press, 18 Feb 1893

"RECHABITES - J M Brown was a member of the Independent Order of Rechabites and at the anniversary celebrations of the Order's Wroxall Tent on 13 Feb 1895 he delivered what was reported as a "stirring address."
 - IW County Press, 23 Feb 1895

"BRADING - Mr J. Milman Brown presented a silver teapot and silver spoons to Miss Whitney, late Head Mistress of the Infants School, he also presented Miss Whitney with one of his prize winning photographs."
 - IW County Press, 11 Mar 1899

"GEOLOGY -  A second lantern lecture and exhibition of photographs illustrating the geological structure of the Isle of Wight was given by Mr J Milman Brown, CC, at the Literary Institution [Ventnor] on Friday evening, in aid of the Literary new book fund. The Rector of Bonchurch (the Rev W E Rowlands) presided, and the able treatment of the subject proved most interesting."
 - IW County Press, 7 Mar 1903

"SCHOOL ENTERTAINMENT - A capital entertainment in connection with the Mall Board school [Brading] was given in the new Town Hall on Wednesday evening before a crowded audience. ... In the absence of Mr T A Wright (the chairman of the Board) through the illness of his wife, Mr J Milman Brown, CC, presented the prizes..."
 - IW County Press, 7 Mar 1903

"MR MILMAN H BROWN - son of Mr J M Brown, leaves Shanklin on Tuesday for Liverpool, from which port he sails on the following day for New York. Mr Brown intends commencing business as a photographer in Atlantic City. His many friends will wish him success in his new venture"
 - IW County Press, 11 Apr 1903

My thanks to Ann & Les Barrett for supplying the above press cuttings.


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