Isle of Wight Council

Cowes Maritime Museum

The photographs of William Robert Hogg (1844-1928)

Rowing on Ryde boating lake.  Circa 1920s

William Robert Hogg worked as a photographer for Jabez Hughes of Ryde. He was frequently sent to photograph Queen Victoria at Osborne House. Later in life he ran a tobacconist shop and sub post office in the town but still recorded the area on his plate camera. The Isle of Wight Heritage service holds a collection of over 200 glass negatives of Hogg’s work of which 81 can be seen here. The photographs date from the 1910-1920s.

As well as images showing Ryde at leisure, he took photographs of many of the buildings around the town of Ryde, including:

He also took photographs of other churches from around the Island. 

During the 1908 Summer Olympics the sailing events were raced at Ryde. Hogg captured this event and other yacht races in the Solent.

The Isle of Wight Heritage service also holds a collection of photographs by Sandown photographer James Dore 1854-1925.