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Born in Lancaster around 1862, Eleanor Holmes was a portrait photographer based in Lytham, Lancashire between at least 1861 and 1911. Married to James Holmes, a china and picture dealer, her clientele included the famous British baritone Robert Henry Kennerley Rumford (1870-1957) and his concert singer wife Clara Butt (1872-1936). By 1911, both of their children were photographer’s assistants.

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