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W.M. Van Der Weyde


 Douglaston., Digital ID 726487F, New York Public LibraryFor the past few months I have been working with a collection of photographs of various locations in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century. The collection will be available on our wonderful digital gallery in the future and I’m looking forward to seeing these images uploaded – some of them are really amazing.

I wrote a while ago about Hilah Paulmier and of the trail of documents that led me to verifying her identity. Recently I discovered another photographer who sparked my interest: William M. Van Der Weyde who captured the above image which is part of the Photographic Views of New York City Collection. While working on the images from the rest of New York I found some amazing photographs from Camp Black, a recruitment center for the Spanish-American War, also by Van Der Weyde. I will write again when these are available digitally.

Interested to find any published biographical information on him, I checked the catalog and various other biographical databases only to discover he isn’t a subject heading (though he is an author). After some research I found the 1910 and 1920 census records which list Van Der Weyde as a photographer married to a Katherine, who is also listed as a photographer (I wonder where her photographs are…). He was born South America, his father was Dutch and his mother was a New Yorker. How curious! Well, I found another Van Der Weyde in the process, Pieter Henry Van Der Weyde, a New Yorker and renaissance man of sorts (read his obituary to see what I mean) for whom we have a collection of papers. The collection guide mentioned correspondences with Pieter’s children, one of whom is John Van Der Weyde, a photographer living in Uruguay – ah-ha! While there is so much more I could explore I have to learn where to draw the line. It’s hard though, I still find myself wondering about the mysterious Algot Lange.


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PH Van Der Weyde

Sachi: Thank you for mentioning the talented Van Der Weydes. I have been reading PH's memoirs and many of his magazine articles and I am stunned by his wide-ranging career and interests. He wrote a wonderful defense of evolution. I just discovered your blog and I'm enjoying all your postings. Regards, Joe Thompson ;0)

Thanks so much for your

Thanks so much for your interest - they are quite an incredible family, aren't they?

Willaim van der Weyde

Hello - boy am I happy to see this thread! I am an academic working on the final stages of a manuscript to be published by Bucknell Univ Press on the visit of Henry James to the US in 1904-05. During his stay, two photographs taken by Van der Weyde were published; one, on Feb 11, 1905 p 198 of Literary Digest (which eventually was absorbed by Time in 1938); and a second on 5 Feb 1905 page 365 in Reader magazine to accompany an article by H.M. Fielding. The publisher wants high quality photographic images, and all i have are smudgy photocopies! I can get these on microform, but scans from that source are also of too poor a quality to use in the book. If anyone can help me with this, in terms of who i can contact to purchase the images--even negatives would be fine-- i would be eternally grateful! Btw, the primary author of the book is Robin Hoople, now deceased but who was a prof in American studies and literature at the University of Manitoba, in Canada, where I work. Thanks very much!

Van der Weyde Photos

Hello, Thanks for reading our blog! I noticed we have a photograph of Henry James taken by Van Der Weyde in our Digital Gallery: If you are interested in using this photograph in a published work you will want to contact Photographic Permissions: Best, Sachi Clayton

Henry Van der Weyde.

I am a bit confused, as I found a reference to a photographer named Van der Weyde, who was in England in the 1880's, but who was indicated to have been a major in the United States Army, and in the Civil War. His first name is not shown in the article, but he was also stated to be a photographer, and I have found one reference to a photographer first name of Henry, and I assumed that that was him, until I came upon this particular thread. Any idea if the Civil War major and later photographer was Henry or William?? Thanks for any help.

Henry is William's uncle

This is a good question - William came from a family of photographers. Henry Van der Weyde is actually William's uncle. If you look at <a href=",1,1,B/l856~b3437149&FF=&1,0,,1,0">the finding aid</a> for Pieter Henry Van der Weyde's papers, under family letters, you will see Henry and John listed as Pieters' sons, John being William Van der Weyde's father.

Solicito informacion sobre la

Solicito informacion sobre la persona Hendrik Van Der Weyden ya que poseo en mi poder un hermoso cuadro al oleo con esa firma el mismo seria de aproximadamente 100 años, es un paisaje de algun puerto Flamenco compuesto por molinos y barcos de la epoca.Conocen algun pintor co este nombre...? Muchas gracias Walter

Henry Vander weyde

Hi, Henry Vander Weyde was indeed a major in the US Civil War. He joined the 65th New York Vol. and ended the war as a major. Taken prisoner at Cedar Creek, imprisoned at Danneville, exchanged and ended the war by taking the surrender of Danneville. Came to the UK where he invented photographic lighting and had his own photo studio in Regent Street London. I understand he went broke after trying to invent a vehicle to go down narrow streets!! He is my great great grandfather.

Pieter Hendrik Van der Weyde 1813 - 1895

Hello. I am a great-great-great-grand-daughter of Pieter Hendrik Van der Weyde 1813 - 1895, living in England. I have been researching my family history and am fascinated by Pieter Hendrik and the Van der Weyde family. His great-grandfather, father and son had the same name! His son Pieter Hendrik Van der Weyde 1838 - 1924 was an artist, society photographer and inventor. He served in the Union Forces 7th New York Militia as a cavalry officer during the American Civil War. In 1872 he emigrated to England. In 1877 in London he opened the world's first studio designed to use artificial light for photography and later a studio in Paris. Some of his portrait photographs are in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Harry Faulkner Van der Weyden 1868 - 1952, son of the latter, was an artist in France and England and served in the British Army in WW1. He was related via his mother to the artist George Faulkner Wetherbee. Note that he altered his surname to avoid confusion with previous generations. I hope that this information is helpful. I would be very happy to give or receive further information. I am interested to hear of the existence of William M and John, about whom I know nothing.

Pieter Van der Weyde

Thank you for this useful information - feel free to email us with specific questions concerning the Van der Weyde family at histref(at)nypl(dot)org If you happen to be in New York City at some point, you may want to contact the <a href="">Manuscripts and Archives Division</a> since they have a collection of Dr. Pieter Van der Weyde's papers (1813 - 1895), which include letters from his sons Henry Van der weyde (1838 - 1924) and John Van der Weyde. Sachi Clayton

Henry van der Weyde

I am a Londoner, and am researching veterans of the American Civil War buried in England. I know that Henry (Pieter Hendrik?) I know of his Civil War service (his man service, for four years, was with the 65th New York Infantry) and that he died in Golders Green, north London in 1928, but have not been able to trace where he was buried. If you could shed any light on this, I'd be grateful.

Henry van de Weyde

I left a message on this in 2008 but don't see it here and wonder if it failed to register? I am researching the graves of Civil War Veterans buried in England, and would be interested to hear if you know where Henry van der Weyde is buried.


Hi Gillian, We must be related as my Grandfather was Harry (Hal) VanDerweyden who was a well known artist. I am doing some research on my great Grandfather Henry who fought in the US civil war and then came to the UK to set up a photographic studio in Regent Street, London. If you would like to contact me at all my email add. is

m van der wayden

Dear Sir , I have a painting called 'The Coastwise Lights' by the above painter. It is dated 1923. Unfortunately I can find nothing about him. Any ideas? Cheers ted.

The Coastwise Lights

Hello Ted, The Vander Weyde family is a very artistic one and William actually descended from the Dutch painter Roger Vander Weyde (I discovered this through his grandfather, Pieter's obituary, included above) so it is possible that there is a relationship between the two. I don't think it is William M Van der weyde since he always spelled his name the same way. My sense is that it is a different family. You may want to contact the <a href="">Art and Architecture Collection</a> with this question. Sachiko Clayton

Harry Faulkner van der

Harry Faulkner van der Weyden was born 08 Sept 1868 in Boston, USA. He was the grandson of P H van der Weyde and the son of Henry van der Weyde [artist, inventor (in particular, inventor of successful artificial light photography at his studio in Regent Street, London.) and a Union officer in the Civil War as mentioned in one of the blogs above.] Harry was one of the American artists in France from the 1890s to after WWI. He lived in Montreuil-sur-Mer in the Pas de Calais. One of his later paintings, "The Coastwise Lights" was apparently painted near Rye where he lived in England after the war. The lights on the left of the picture are said to be Dungeness Lighthouse while the lights of the small town on a hill to the right is supposed to be Rye. The original was in the possession of his daughter Helen van der Weyden where I saw it and discussed it with her. Harry seems to have been co-patenter with his father of a collapsible car which could be narrowed for travelling down tight-squeeze country lanes - it seems not to have caught on! Harry died on 23 Sept 1952 in England where his ashes were scattered.

The artist who painted

The artist who painted "Coastwise Lights" was Harry Faulkner van der Weyden, son of Union Officer, artist, inventor and photographer, Henry vander Weyde. So he was a grandson of P H vander Weyde. Harry was born in Sept 1868 in Boston MA and died in London in Sept 1952. He lived before WWI in Montreuil-sur-Mer in the Pas de Calais, France where he had a studio. After the war he and his large family moved to England where he lived in Rye for a while. The "Coastwise Lights" apparently depicts Dungeness Lighthouse on the right and the lights of Rye on the little hill on the left.

Hi I'm a student in

Hi I'm a student in photography and i just did an essay on Van Der Weyde, I found some good informations in the Spring 2009 issue of the magazine Aperture no. 194 Maybe it can interest some of you.

It is - thanks! Sachiko

It is - thanks! Sachiko Clayton


I bought a copy of this book years ago published by Edison Company and was glancing through it the other day. Some truly amazing NY photos, incredible reproductions of them, and they still look great today. There are a few shots included in your digital gallery, but others in there that aren't included. Not a very expensive book on, but really worth it... Would love to see more of his work...

Henry van der Weyde photographer

Hi I'm an art and photography student working in england and have just come across this blog whilst conducting research into a Henry van der Weyde for a historical essay I am writing as part of my photography course. I was wondering if you could give me some information about his life, his views of the society he lived in maybe? If not any information would be so helpful as he is not, I am finding, a very easy person to research!

Harry and Henry

Hello. Harry Van der Weyden was my great-grandfather. Our family still have some works by him (oils, watercolour, charcoal). We also have some of my great-great-grandfather Henry's photographs - mainly shot in and around the large family home in Montreuil-sur-Mer (which is now a hotel).

Harry Van der Weyden in Montreuil (France)

Hello. My name is Benoît. I am the curator of the museum of Montreuil-sur-Mer (France). We have some paintings of your great grandfather in our collections and we are looking for informations about Harry, his life in Montreuil and his family. Please can you help us ? An exhibition in France about his artwork could be great. Best regards

Harry van der Weyden in Montreuil

Please can you put me directly in touch with Benoit Blanc as I could share a lot of information with him about Harry van der Weyden and his family when they lived at Montreuil? I am descended from Harry. I would be happy to be put in touch with any other relatives who might contact you.

painting by Harry Van der Weyden

I am an art historian in Montreal, Canda and while recently retired from university teaching, I am researching a very large painting by Harry Van der Weyden entitled Calme du soir (Evening Calm) that was shown in the Salon of the Association des Artistes Francais, in Paris in 1913. I have also located a small study for the painting in Rye, Sussex, England. The painting is in a private collection here but I have no idea how the painting came to Montreal. I am also interested in knowing whether he painted other works of enormous size as well as any other information that would cast more light on Calme du soir. Thank you, Sandra P.

painting by Harry Van der Weyden

I am an art historian in Montreal, Canda and while recently retired from university teaching, I am researching a very large painting by Harry Van der Weyden entitled Calme du soir (Evening Calm) that was shown in the Salon of the Association des Artistes Francais, in Paris in 1913. I have also located a small study for the painting in Rye, Sussex, England. The painting is in a private collection here but I have no idea how the painting came to Montreal. I am also interested in knowing whether he painted other works of enormous size as well as any other information that would cast more light on Calme du soir. Thank you, Sandra P.


Hi: I have a papier mache hand coloured portrait of a lady. Judging by the picture and frame it would be very much a late 19th century portrait. It is signed Van Derweyde. Does anyone know if Henry used a process of imposing photographs or using photographs and then hand painting them onto a papier mache bowl shaped surface. It is a very nice work of some quality. Does anyone also know how he may have signed his works? regards Geoff
Hello. I have just posted a photograph on my Footlight Notes blog ( of the English actor Lawrance D'Orsay in his dressing room at the Manhattan Theatre, New York, in 1903. It is credited to 'VANDER WEYDE / NEW YORK' on the reverse and I wondered if might have been taken using the electric light apparatus devised by Henry Van der Weyde of London, mentioned on the Web site of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Wm van der Weyde

I'm coming late to this thread, but I can add some information for those continuing research on William. At Iona College's TPNHA Collection archives, we have the glass plate negatives of William. He was President of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association in New Rochelle, and his papers and photos were left to that organization now at Iona. It includes a family album from relatives in Uruguay.

Harry van der weyden

Sandra may like to know of the oil paintIng by Harry van der Weyden that he painted for the 1919 camouflage exhibition in London. It is " Desolation - trenches North of Arras " and shows the aftermath of the battle of Hill 70. I saw the 2 small watercolours of it at the Imperial War Museum London and also letters about it. The final work is 26 inches by 45 inches ,far larger than his usual works. This may have been a requirement for the exhibition. Sandra does not give the size of Calme du Soir for comparison. Harry had been a camouflage officer in the Royal Engineers in the British Army .Despite this the letters show that his American nationality was used as an argument against his work being accepted !! I hope this is of help to Sandra.

Henry Vander Weyde 65th NY

Henry has been part of a project that I’ve been working on for some 20 years. Officers imprisoned with General Duffie in Danville Va. I have not looked at Henry since 2007sorry. George Haven Putnam’s book “A Prisoner of War in Virginia”1914 contains a lot of information on Henry they became friends for life. I tried to get in to the Thomas Paine National Historical Association in New Rochelle many times with no success. I have photos of him and other documents.

Pastel portrait of Ms. Van Der Weyde by Hamilton King

The pastel is dated 1904 and was purchased form the Thomas Paine Museum basement 20 years ago. I've reframed it and had it hanging in my home however, am moving West and would now like to sell it. It's signed, dated and noted by the artist as to the name for whom he did the portrait. Not sure what avenue to use to sell it. Any readers have any ideas or an interest in it? Thanks. Joan

Night photos of New York City

I found this article from 1909: A PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE NIGHT Current Literature (1888-1912); Oct 1909; VOL. XLVII, No. 4; American Periodicals pg. 405 Which includes some photos William M van der Weyde took of Lower manhattan at night. Unfortunately they're basically impossible to see in the low res copy of the periodical. It would be amazing to find higher quality versions.

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