A traveling photographer VICTORIAN’s studio is looking for a new home when it goes under the hammer at an auction in Dorset.

Having spent most of his life in Swanage, the photographer’s former daylight studio was commissioned by the Pouncy family of Victorian Dorchester.

Father and son photographers John and Walter Pouncy, and subsequent professional photographers, took many of the photos of seaside visitors to Wareham in the studio.

Charterhouse auctioneers are selling the asset, which requires restoration work, on August 5.

Victorian photographer’s studio offered for sale as seen today. Photo: Chartreuse

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

“It’s not easy to assess. A year ago we sold a Victorian shepherd’s hut for £13,000 and decided after some discussion to value this super rare studio at £8,000-12,000.

The horse-drawn workshop has an interior with props to hold bottoms, a small darkroom for changing and processing plates, a glazed roof section and side, and spring-loaded wheels.

Bournemouth Echo: Victorian photographer's studio in Wareham.  Photo: ChartreuseVictorian photographer’s studio in Wareham. Photo: Chartreuse

In current ownership for several decades, continued to be used as a photographer’s studio but now requires some work having lived in a field near Wareham for years.

The auction is taking place at Charterhouse’s Sherborne auction house, although the studio will remain on site in Wareham from where it will need to be collected by its potential buyer.

Visit charterhouse-auction.com for more information.


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