James Francis Dawkins was a dock labourer In Southampton in 1871. In 1873 he married Rosa Powell in Southampton, and within a few years they moved to Ogden in Utah, USA. The United States Federal Census of 1880 recorded Dawkins as a Photographer, with his wife Rosa and young son James.
At some time in the early 1880s the family returned to Southampton. The 1891 census recorded Photographer Dawkins and family living in St Marks Road Southampton.
The cabinet card shown here is dated July 1894. However, by the time of the 1901 census Dawkins had given up professional photography and returned to working as a labourer in the docks.