Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Withrow, David

Male 18-- - 1905


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  • Name Withrow, David 
    Born 18--  New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) Nov 1868-1870  New Westminster, BC; Moodyville (Burrard Inlet), BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 12 Jun 1905  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I27  Camera Workers | W, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 13 Jan 2017 

  • Documents
    David Withrow's ad, <i>British Columbian</i> (New Westminster), 1869 03 20.
    David Withrow's ad, British Columbian (New Westminster), 1869 03 20.
    Withrow's studio was the first in the Vancouver area. He operated in what is now North Vancouver.
    David Withrow's cartouche from the verso of a carte-de-visite portrait.
    David Withrow's cartouche from the verso of a carte-de-visite portrait.
    Image courtesy of BC Archives, Visual Records catalogue no. HP015237.
    David Withrow's cartouche from the verso of a carte-de-visite portrait.
    David Withrow's cartouche from the verso of a carte-de-visite portrait.
    Image courtesy of BC Archives, Visual Records catalogue no. HP015222.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Established in New Westminster in Nov 1868, he opened a branch studio at Moodyville the following March. He left photography in the early 1870s to do business as a cabinet and furniture maker in New Westminster. He operated the Brighton Hotel at Hastings on Burrard Inlet in 1882.

      One of his photographs of ships at Moodyville was published as an engraving in the Canadian Illustrated News of 1 Jun 1872. His daughter, A.L. Withrow (b. 1866), an artist in Victoria, married W.H. Ellis, general manager of the Colonist in 1887.

      Withrow took portraits in the carte-de-visite format as well as landscape views, and was a friend of F.G. Claudet.
      A year before his death Withrow worked at the Provincial Museum as a curator or caretaker.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: "D. Withrow, New Westminster And Burrard Inlet" on verso of cartes-de-visite two different designs and type styles used.
    • REFERENCES: MAL68; MAL69; MAL71; MAL82; Frederick G. Claudet diary, 1904 09 19 (BVIPA A/E/C57/C571.1); Columbian, 1868 11 21/2, 1869 03 20/4; Colonist, 1887 08 10/4, 1905 06 14/5 (obit.); Times, 1905 06 13/8 (obit.).

  • Sources 
    1. [S652] BVIPA death registration.
      Registration no. 1905-09-018793 (microfilm reel B13080); digital facsimile URL (accessed 13 Jan 2017): http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/e46209bd-7360-4a37-972c-5498acf15984.