Victorian mobile photographic studio is up for auction

A mobile Victorian photographer’s studio, who has spent most of his life in Swanage, is looking for a new home.


The studio will go under the hammer at Charterhouse Auction on Friday August 5th.


Richard Bromell of Charterhouse said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to acquire what we understand to be a unique piece of Victorian photographic history that would make a stunning studio or office.”


The traveling photographer’s studio was commissioned by the Pouncy family of Dorchester. Father and son photographers John and Walter Pouncy, as well as subsequent professional photographers, have taken many pictures of seaside visitors to Swanage over the years in the studio.


This horse-drawn workshop has an interior with facilities for retaining funds, a small darkroom for changing and processing plates, a glazed roof section, a glazed side, entrance, exit and spring-loaded wheels.


Over the years it has undergone various modifications and has already been restored. In current ownership for several decades it continued to be used as a photographer’s studio but now needs restoration and conservation having lived in a field near Wareham.


Estimated between £8,000 and £12,000, it comes with a history, photographs and provenance from the late 19th century.


The auction is taking place at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne Dorset, although the studio will remain on site in Wareham from where it will need to be collected.


Richard Bromell and the Charterhouse team can be contacted on 01935 812277 or [email protected]

Michael E. Marquez