Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Tippins, William[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]


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  • Name Tippins, William 
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1860  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Victoria, BC
    Person ID I431  Camera Workers | T, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2016 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Amateur?.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: On 23 Oct 1860 the British Colonist reported on a "Curious Case" involving a "photographist" who was hired by a widow and her friends to take a "daguerreotype" of her late husband. The photographer charged the widow $20, but she refused to pay because he
      used and destroyed three handkerchiefs, one sheet, and a bottle each cologne and brandy. The artist sues for the amount, alleging that the sheet and handkerchiefs were necessary, and that owing to the advanced state of decomposition of the body, the cologne and brandy were absolutely required to keep him from fainting while taking the picture.

      This case was recorded in a volume of cases heard by the Victoria Inferior Court of Civil Justice as no. 344 on 24 Jul 1860 between plaintiff William Tippins, occupation "artist", and defendant Mrs. Lassalette. A settlement offer was filed, but the case returned to court on 28 Nov 1860 when it appears as though a summons was issued for one or both parties to appear. In the meantime, Mrs. Lassalette had also been sued by her servant Emily Stewart on 20 Nov 1860 for "services rendered". Due to the lack of court records, the outcome of the photographer's case is unknown.

  • Sources 
    1. [S666] BVIPA archival records.
      Vancouver Island (Colony). Inferior Court of Civil Justice (Victoria), GR-2716, v. 2, case no. 344, 24 Jul and 28 Nov 1860 , William Tippins v Mrs Lassalette.

    2. [S628] (Victoria) Colonist, (Victoria: Colonist), 16 Jun 1860.
      Obits of Julien Lassalette. A native of Oloron, Basses Pyrennes, and employed by or a partner in St. Ours & Lassalette, he was only 30 and had been in Victoria about a month. He lived on Kane St. His wife was described as young.

    3. [S628] (Victoria) Colonist, (Victoria: Colonist), 23 Oct 1860.
      Curious Case.

    4. [S628] (Victoria) Colonist, (Victoria: Colonist), 26 Jun 1867.
      Mrs. Lassalette's father-in-law, Mr. P. Lassalette, aged 83, died on 28 Apr 1867 in Oloron, Lower Pyrnees, France.

    5. [S628] (Victoria) Colonist, (Victoria: Colonist), 19 May 1871.
      Victoria's former city clerk, Algernon Austin, sued Mrs. Julia E. Lassalette, the widow of Julien Lassalette, in San Francisco. Both of them travelled to that city from Victoria.