In 1999 Argent moved from his studio off Kensington Church Street and donated with copyrights the surviving negatives from the Baron Studios (1954-1974) and transferred remainder of Walter Stoneman negatives up to his death in 1958. Baron Studios Founded by the dance, film and celebrity photographer Baron 1906-1956 (ne Sterling Henry Nahum) the studios operated between 1954-74 from 2, Brick Street, Park Lane, Mayfair, London W.1.They employed a number of operators including Count Zichy and principally Rex Coleman.Studio founded by Alexander Bassano (1829-1913) working from the 1850s until 1901 and subsequently resold on many occasions but retaining name and negatives.Studios at 122, Regent Street (1862-76), 72, Piccadilly (1870-81), 25, Old Bond Street from 1877-1919 thence to 38, Dover Street.These negatives were generously donated to NPG in 1996.Though primarily consisting of over 10,000 studio portraits of businessmen, (chairmen and managing-directors) 1,000 of the more interesting subjects, including those in colour or on location, show writers, musicians, foreign dignitaries, artists, broadcasters and fashion designers.These can be accessed on a data-base compiled by Katy Turner and available through the Public Study Room This on-going project has been sponsored by the EP Trust.In 1964 incorporated Vandyk to become Bassano and Vandyk Studios and then on 1965-1974 Bassano and Vandyk incorporating Elliott and Fry On closure of studio in l974 in Dover Street majority of negatives donated to NPG together with 3 sitter books.
Baron Studios was purchased by Godfrey Argent (qv) in 1974 and generously donated in 1999.Bassano Collection Contains 40,000 whole-plate and half-plate negatives from 1870s -1940s.Anglican Bishops 880 prints in card window mounts contained in 44 Red boxes, arranged alphabetically by surname taken by various photographers between 1880s -1940s. 26 paged list typed by Miss Parham provides iundex of Bishops arranged by Sees before their re-arrangement in alphabetical order.Each window mount contains handwritten caption containing full name of Bishop, list and dates of Bishoprics, names of Consecrators and place and date of consecration.Five Bishops of Black American or African origin displayed in Before Windrush (Room 31 2002-3) includes James Theodore Holly, Bishop of Haiti and Isaac Oluwole and Augustus Williams Howells, both assistant Bishops of Lagos.
Click here to view all prints in this collection Godfrey Argent Photographer See National Photographic Record See also exhibition checklist of 59 Portraits taken for the NPR and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery 5 January - 14 February 1971.