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Sir Adam Beck

Elliott & Fry, Photographer
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Item Type:
Black and white head-and-shoulders studio portrait of Sir Adam Beck, in profile, mounted on beige mat.
Adam Beck, manufacturer, Member of Provincial Parliament, and Mayor of London, Ontario is best known for bringing affordable hydro-electric power to Ontario in the early 20th century as chairman of the nascent Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario. For this accomplishment he received a knighthood in 1914.

The mat bears what appears to be Mr. Beck's signature

Sir Adam Beck was born in Baden, Upper Canada, in 1857 and died in London, Ontario, in 1925.

Elliott & Fry was a photography studio founded in 1863 by Joseph John Elliott and Clarence Edmund Fry. It operated out of 55 & 56 Baker Street in London, England until 1919. In 1963 it was taken over by and amalgamated with Bassano & Vandyk.

This photograph is in excellent condition. Backing has one small piece torn out of it and a few scratches.
Front [below image]: Elliott & Fry; Sir Adam Beck Born Baden Ont 1857. W.H.S. 268. A. Beck [signature}

Reverse:[top left] W.H.S. 268, 14-19-3; [centre] Elliott & Fry, Ltd., 55 Baker Street, W., No. A, Copyright; [lower left] Donated to the Waterloo Historical Society by Mr. Beck]
Date of Original:
[ca. 1914]
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.1 cm
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 9.8cm
Image Height: 14.6cm
Personal Name(s):
Beck, Adam, 1857-1925
Local identifier:
Waterloo Historical Society
Language of Item:
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Location of Original:
Terms of Use:
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Sir Adam Beck

Black and white head-and-shoulders studio portrait of Sir Adam Beck, in profile, mounted on beige mat.