Isle of Wight Council

Museum Service

The photographs of James Dore

Holidaymakers on a beach at Sandown.  1890-1914

James Dore 1854-1925 - Photographer

James Dore ran his jewellery business at 27, High Street, Sandown. He built up the shop’s photographic department and achieved a high standard exhibiting and selling his work. The Isle of Wight Heritage service holds a collection of over 600 glass negatives and lantern slides of Dore’s work of which more than 200 can be seen here.

A member of the town’s Fire Brigade, he photographed the services and military life on the Island. He took photographs around the coast of the Island, including:

He photographed many rural scenes portraying the following:

Images show towns and villages and buildings from around the Island. Dore often include people in his photographs and recorded Queen Victoria’s  funeral procession passing through East Cowes in February 1901. He even photographed elephants in Sandown.

The Isle of Wight Heritage service also holds a collection of photographs by Ryde photographer William Robert Hogg 1844-1928.