Wilkinson was a photographic studio based at the Steam Finishing Works, Claremont Hall, New House, Huddersfield.
The studio is believed to have been established by photographer & watchmaker Joseph Wilkinson (c.1840-?) of Lancashire and his son Francis Adorn Wilkinson (1862-?). Francis' brother Solander Wilkinson (1866-1939), who was born in Morley, Leeds, was also a photographer.
The Wilkinsons also had nearby branches at 12 Crossley Street in Halifax, Cemetery Road in Heckmondwick, and Fitzwilliam Street in Sheffield.
It seems they were possibly in financial trouble by the end of the 1880s and the studio was placed up for auction in July 1890:
CLAREMONT HALL, NEWHOUSE, HUDDERSFIELD.
Tuesday Next, July 15th, 1890.
MR. HENRY HEWITT will SELL BY AUCTION, upon the premises lately occupied by Messrs. J. and F.A. Wilkinson as above, the Deal Painted PHOTOGRAPHER'S STUDIO, will glazed sides and roof, 18ft 10in. by 15ft ; dark room, 5ft. by 3ft. 6in. ; glazed porch, 7ft. by 4ft. 9in., fitted with folding doors ; cast iron spouts and fall pipes ; GLAZED RECEPTION-ROOM, 13ft. 6in. by 10ft. by 14ft. high, with folding doors, spring, wood steps, landing, and mahogany hand rail ; lean-to glazed CONSERVATORY, 49ft. 6in. long by 7ft. 3in. by 9ft. high, with 12 ventilators ; wood shelving spouts and lead fall pipes ; HEATING APPARATUS, with steam boiler, 120 yards of 2½in. flanged steam piping, 30 yards of 4½in. flanged steam piping, hot water coil, T joints, bends, and elbows ; various sized printing frames, dry plates, chemicals, show cases, screens, deal partitions, nests of shelves, deal tables, chairs, boxes, and numerous effects.Sale to commence at 2-30 p.m.
The 1881 Census recorded him as an 18-year-old travelling photographer lodging on Jordan Street, Preston, Lancashire.
Some photographs taken by him give his studio's address as being in the Byram Arcade.
Following the auction of the studio in Huddersfield, he was recorded in the 1891 Census as residing on Fitzwilliam Street in Sheffield, along with his brother Solander, their cousin Henry E. Munns, and apprentice photographer Albert Iredale (aged 17) of Huddersfield.
In June 1894, he spent two weeks in Wakefield Prison for "nonpayment of poor rate". The prison register recorded him as having brown hair and being 5ft. 9¾in. tall, and he was released on 28 June.
The 1901 Census recorded unmarried photographer Francis A. Wilkinson as staying at the Rowton House at Vauxhall, London — a cheap hostel built by Victorian philanthropist Lord Rowton.