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Alfred Raines

There is no biographical information available on the childhood, education, and training of London-based photographic printer Alfred Raines, except that he first entered into an association with John William Rubens and conducted business in Surrey as Rubens and Raines until the partnership was dissolved in December of 1892. Then, joined by his brother H. W. Raines, he opened Alfred Raines & Co. on St. Mary's Street in the west London district of Ealing. The combined entrepreneurial skills of Mr. Raines and the management expertise of his brother resulted in an immediate and highly profitable venture. A small staff of four quickly grew to thirty during the summer months and more than forty workers throughout the winter.

Specializing in bromide and carbon printing processes as well as platinotype printmaking, the company built up an extremely loyal clientele of professional photographers, illustrators, and artists. The company was best known for its finishing and enlargements, but also produced unparalleled black and white prints, good quality semi-tint works, During the late nineteenth century, Alfred Raines & Co. carved a particularly lucrative niche creating oil portraits that were presented to retiring public officials.

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