Carl Vandyk

Carl Vandyk (17 January 1851 – 18 November 1931) was a successful London photographer[1] born in Bunde, Germany. From 1882 he owned a studio at Gloucester Road taking images of the British Royal Family including Queen Victoria, King George V as well as other notables such as Alexander I of Yugoslavia, Christian X of Denmark, Buffalo Bill and Enrico Caruso.[2][3] From 1901 the studio moved to Buckingham Palace Road, London.[4]

Carl Vandyk
Carl Vandyk, c. 1900s
Born(1851-01-17)17 January 1851
Died18 November 1931(1931-11-18) (aged 80)

Carl became a British citizen on 4 February 1886.[5]

Carl's son Herbert Vandyk (1879–1943) took over the family business in 1913 after studying in London, Berlin and Paris and went on to accumulate 22 Royal Warrants.[2][4]

Carl Vandyk owned three London hotels[2] close to his studios:

  • The Rembrandt Hotel, Thurloe Place, London SW
  • The Rubens Hotel, Buckingham Palace Road, London SW
  • The Vandyke Hotel, Cromwell Road, London SW7

Carl had two brothers, Aaron Vandyke (1843–1892) and Herman Vandyke (a.k.a. Hyman) (a.k.a. Vandyck) (1838–1919) who were also in the photographic trade. Aaron had studios in Liverpool from c.1869 until c.1902 [6] and Herman in West London from c.1881 until c.1904.[7]


  1. Jones, Rosie Llewellyn (2008-06-01). Portraits in Princely India: 1700-1947. Mārg Publications. ISBN 9788185026862. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  2. Russell Harris, ‘Vandyk, Carl (1851–1931)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oct 2006; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 16 Aug 2014 (subscription required)
  3. National Portrait Gallery - Vandyk collection
  4. National Portrait Gallery
  5. Naturalisation Papers
  6. Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland 1840 to 1940
  7. PhotoLondon Database of 19th Century Photographers and Allied Trades in London 1841-1901
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