Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Leeson, Ben Williams[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]

Male 1866 - 1948  (81 years)


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  • Name Leeson, Ben Williams 
    Born 11 May 1866  Coventry, Warwickshire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Gender Male 
    Home Address/Year ca. 1891-1900+  Winter Harbour, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Quatsino Sound 
    Address:
    Winter Harbour, BC
    Canada 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) ca. 1887-ca. 1891  Cariboo district, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage 15 Feb 1912  Quatsino, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    At B.W. Leeson's home. He married Evelyn May Hawkins 
    Died 15 Mar 1948  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Buried 18 Mar 1948  Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Person ID I143  Camera Workers | L, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Amateur.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to Eleven Early British Columbian Photographers 1890-1940, he emigrated to Vancouver in 1886 and began taking photographs in the Cariboo in 1887; his negatives were destroyed there by fire.

      Some time between 1891 and 1894 he moved to Quatsino Sound where he ran a store with his father (J.L. Leeson & Son) and engaged in a number of pursuits. He was especially noted for his portraits of brooding First Nations figures and was fascinated by the flat-headed Kwakiutl women of the area. He retired in 1939 and moved to Vancouver. [13]
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS/FORMATS: Prints and postcards. Print surface and/or mount may be blind-embossed "B.W. Leeson Quatsino, B.C." [14]

  • Sources 
    1. [S134] COLLECTION: BVA.
      Glass negatives

    2. [S45] COLLECTION: BVAA.
      Includes hand-colored prints.

    3. [S138] COLLECTION: BVAUS.

    4. [S34] WIL95, (Victoria, B.C.: Williams' B.C. Directory Co., 1895).

    5. [S37] WIL97, (Victoria, B.C.: Williams' B.C. Directory Co., 1897).

    6. [S38] HEN98, (Victoria, B.C.: Henderson Publishing Co., 1898).

    7. [S39] HEN99, (Victoria, B.C.: Henderson Publishing Co., 1899).

    8. [S650] (Vancouver) Province, 15 (Reliability: 2), 16 Mar 1948.
      Obit.

    9. [S344] Vancouver Art Gallery (1976), (Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 1976) (Reliability: 2).

    10. [S303] Grant (2002), Peter Grant, (Victoria, B.C.: TouchWood Editions, 2002) (Reliability: 2).

    11. [S652] BVIPA death registration index (Reliability: 3).
      Registration no. 1948-09-003385 (microfilm B13196); digital facsimile URL (accessed 2 Jan 2017): http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/4ceb8455-efb3-4879-8fa9-fcd3b6a7f13a

    12. [S670] BVIPA marriage registration (Reliability: 3).
      Full name: Leeson, Ben Williams. He signed as B.W. Leeson.
      Registration no. 1912-09-365246; digital facsimile URL (accessed 2 Jan 2017): http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/262f595d-780d-4093-a696-93ed4497a286

    13. [S880] BC Dept. of Agriculture Report, (Victoria, BC), 1038 (Reliability: 3), 1894, published 1895.
      In his 1894 report to the Dept. of Agriculture, Leeson stated "I have been in the [Quatsino] district three years."

    14. [S138] COLLECTION: BVAUS (Reliability: 3).
      Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs: [B.W. Leeson Mining Photos]; digital facsimile URL (accessed 2 Jan 2017): https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/langmann/items/1.0053361