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Julianna Dunn

Photographer of Hemel Hempstead



Julianna Dunn was born in Shaftsbury, Dorset, in 1853, the daughter of John Fowler Dunn (a cabinet maker) and his wife Eliza Ballam, the daughter of Richard Ballam (cordwainer) and his wife Mary. In 1861 the family were living in Poole with Richard and Mary, as her father, John Dunn was in prison. In 1871 she was a servant in the house of William Wyatt Burnand (1831-1909), of New Town Terrace, Longfleet, Poole. William was described as a chemist in 1861, a photographer in 1871, and a photographic artist in 1881, and it seems likely that she started learning about photography while working with him.

In 1881 Julianna was working in Aylesbury as an assistant colourist (photo) for the photographic artists, Samuel Glendening Payne and his wife Maria. By 1886 she had her own photographic business in Hemel Hempstead High Street, but by 1890 she had relocated to 15 Alexandra Road, Hemel Hempstead. It may be a co-incidence, but Atherstane Basebe is recorded as trading as a photographer on Thursdays and Fridays from an address in Alexandra Road in 1890 and perhaps they used the same studio. Whatever happened Julianna continued trading from the address until 1915 or 16, when the business was taken on by Henry Bray. In the 1930s she lived at 20 Cemetery Hill, Hemel Hempstead, dying at West Herts Hospital on 9th October, 1935.

See Photographers, 15 Alexandra Road, Hemel Hempstead, early 20th century

Carte de Visite


J. Dunn

High Street,

Hemel Hempstead


circa 1888


Portrait of unknown woman by Julianna Dunn, Hemel Hempstead   Julianna Dunn, photographer, reverse of CDV card  

circa 1895


Portrait by Julianna Dunn, Hemel Hempstead   plain back - circa 1900  

CDV of two ladies by J Dunn, Hemel Hempstead


plain back - circa 1900


Cabinet Cards

A Cabinet Card Portrait of

Solomon Willis

Under Bailiff of Hemel Hempstead

Solomon Willis died in 1899


Mrs Willis as a Witch

Same back & background


Young Girls at a Party?, Hemel Hempstead

  Gadebridge House, Hemel Hempstead, from cabinet photo by J Dunn

Gadebridge House


From a cabinet photograph by J Dunn, Alexandra Road, Hemel Hempstead

circa 1900

image kindly provided by Stephen


See Photographers, 15 Alexandra Road, Hemel Hempstead, early 20th century

Mrs Julianna Dunn occupied the shop between about 1886 and 1916 (see  German? Lady, Hemel Hempstead, circa 1890 and Young Girls at a Party?, Hemel Hempstead).

November 2011   Page created
March 2014   New cards and biography
June 2014   CDV of two ladies