Studio portrait of an unknown woman by photographer John Edward Shaw (c.1849-1916) of 6 South Parade, Huddersfield. The business later became John Edward Shaw & Son.
Shaw also set up a studio at Burlington House, near Greenhead Park. The family later moved to 9 Bow Street (1901 Census) and 1 Park Drive (1911 Census), although seemingly kept the studio at Burlington House. Together with his wife Martha (née Robinson), they had a total of 10 children, 5 of whom had died by 1911. The Census returns show that his children helped out with the photography business.
One of their sons was the author Frank Hubert Shaw (1878-1960).
Reportedly another of their sons committed suicide whilst the family were living at Burlington House, and in later years the eerie sound of a violin playing was heard at night.
In March 1917, adverts appeared in the local press announcing that the business was to be discontinued and the leasehold on Burlington House was offered for sale. Patrons were advised that they had two months to order any "photographs or enlargements from negatives taken during the last thirty years."