Postcard of statue of Sir Isaac Watts, Watts Park, postmarked 1905
George Whitfield Cosser was a portrait photographer in the 1890s, and in the early 1900s he published many postcard views of Southampton Parks, Churches and street scenes. His Southampton studio was at 22 Hanover buildings. In later years he also ran studios in Ipswich, Colchester, Kings Lynn, Salisbury and Bath.
In 1891 the census recorded him as a photographer, aged only 15. He lived with his father (a fireman on a ship), his mother (a dressmaker) and his older brother (an outfitter's assistant).
Carte de visite late 1890s - before 1905
In 1899 Cosser married Flora Halls in Southampton, and in 1901 he was recorded as a photographer living with his wife in Milton Road, Shirley. Around 1905 G.W and his wife and son moved to Colchester, his wife's home town. The 1911 census recorded George Whitfield Cosser as a photographer and his wife Flora as a photographer's receptionist. Cosser ran a successful photography business in the South of England until his death in 1918.
In 1919 his widow Flora married another photographer, Frederick Lankanseer. The firm of Whitfield Cosser and Lankanseer continued until the 1930s.