The Max Mills Compton Studios at 34 East Park Terrace first advertised in 1898. The 1901 census recorded Victor Max Mills, photographer, at 34 East Park Terrace with his wife and 3 adult children, all of whom were also listed as photographers.
Cabinet card early 1900s
Max Mills lived in the South London area before coming to Southampton in the late 1890s. The studio was listed in directories regularly and in 1911 a second studio opened at 12 Rockstone Place. The Compton Studios in East Park Terrace closed between 1918 and 1920, but the second studio was open until 1939, when St Anne's School expanded and took over that part of Rockstone Place.
Portrait of Thomas Hibbert James, frontispiece in A Victorian Photographer in Southampton by Adrian B. Rance, 1980. The book documents photographs of Southampton by amateur photographer Thomas Hibbert James, who chose the Max Mills studio for his own portrait.