Advertisement in the Southampton Post Office Directory 1849
Marks advertised as a Daguerreotype Artist at 180 High Street, Southampton in 1847 and 1849. In March 1850 he published a notice in the Hampshire Advertiser announcing that his studio in Marlands Place, Southampton, was soon to close. Customers were advised to purchase Daguerreotypes while he was still there. Due to the high prices, the demand for daguerreotypes slowed right down after the town's residents who wanted and could afford a portrait had mostly been catered for. Like many of the earlier photographers, after a time Marks moved on to look for new customers elsewhere.
George Marks, Photographic Artist, was lodging in Poole, Dorset in 1851. Marks married in the early 1850s and 3 children were born in Bristol between 1856 and 1859. Marks was listed as a photographer in North London in the 1861 census. Two more children were born in Kentish Town in 1865 and 1869. The 1871 census listed George Marks, photographer, his wife and 5 children living in Penge, Surrey. In 1881 he was recorded as an artist, as was his eldest son. George Marks died in about 1882.
Turley, R V. (2001).Isle of Wight Photographers 1840-1940. Southampton: University of Southampton Libraries