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John Robert Clark was a merchant located at 31, Mosley Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The business was listed as Robert Clark or R. Clark engaging as Cutlers, Opticians, and Surgical Instruments. It is unknown as to when the business was first established but is believed to active in the photography business at least in the 1890s. Only one type camera has been identified with with his label on it. It is also unknown if he manufactured the camera in his shop or if it was procured wholesale and then he added his label for retail. Both were common practices in that time period. In 1906 the London Gazette recorded that on 29th of September Robert Clark was previously in a partnership with George Peacock and that the business was relocating to 14 Grainger Street West, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and that partnership was dissolved and that Robert Clark would be the sole manager of the relocated business.
The R. Clark field camera was sold by Robert Clark of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in circa 1890s. It was a British-style mahogany camera with brass fittings. The camera accepted a 1/2 plate sized glass plates. It featured a double extension red leather bellows, rear tilt and rising front. Only a few examples are known to exist.
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1906, October 9; THE LONDON GAZETTE
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