Desmond Groves

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Desmond Groves
Desmond Groves
Year: 1958
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Item #: 1698
At Home Portraiture by Desmond Groves F.I.B.P., A.R.P.S., F.R.S.A Telephone Wilmslow 4040 and 4049
Source: Lancashire Life, September 1958

Comment by: Grant White on 7th June 2021 at 14:30

June 2021.
Sadly, I have been advised that Desmond Groves has passed away this week, at the wonderful age of 95 years. I worked for him at his studio in Harrods between 1978 and 1986, when he retired.
We combined his archive with that of Anthony Buckley & Constantine in Mayfair, London in 1988, and we still retain much of his beautiful work which is requested from time to time.

Comment by: Cathy Parry nee Harrap on 4th February 2020 at 18:54

At the age of 1 year Desmond Groves took a set of photographs of me in the garden and on a swing in Adlington. I have most of the photos in the original packaging.

Really appreciate his artistic work.

Comment by: Michele Viltart on 7th May 2019 at 09:31

Good morning, everyone,

As a French student in Master of History, I work on the royal photographs of Queen Elizabeth II and her children taken between 1949 and 1972 approximately (this is my subject of thesis).

Desmond Groves took some pictures that I am studying but found no information on his subject (neither at the British Library nor on the Internet). I would be particularly interested if you had any information on this subject.

Thank you in advance,

Michèle VILTART.

Comment by: Andrea goddard on 2nd March 2017 at 12:20

Des used to come in The New Inn wilmslow
My sister Jenny worked there part time when she was 17 in '68

Comment by: Joanna Rhodes on 16th May 2016 at 12:24

UPDATE: Desmond Groves is alive and kicking, he lives in the Wilmslow, Cheshire area. If you require any negatives form portraits taken by Desmond Grves I suggest you contact:
My portrait was taken in 1973 and Grant @ Buckley Constantine was able to locate the negatives. All that was needed was the serial number which should be on the reverse of the portrait and approx date taken. I hope this info helps.

Comment by: elizabeth marion appleby nee kennerley on 16th February 2016 at 20:23

Sorry about this but is Desmond Groves still living. Havent been able to find out. When i workedfor him he was 34yrs and his ambition waa to photograph th Queen and tbe royal fanily. I see he achieved that. I remember his wife and his children. He was my first boss, 1960! Liz

Comment by: David on 12th January 2016 at 12:46

Desmond Groves went on to open a fantastic portrait studio in Harrods Department store in London, I remember going there in the late 1970's....because of it's location the portraits tended to be of diplomats and overseas visiting heads of state....he probably earned more money in Wilmslow doing home portraiture.

Comment by: elizabeth marion appleby nee kennerley on 25th December 2015 at 20:41

When left school in 1960 i worked for desmond groves. I used to assist him in his studio for portraits and go out with him in his car to assist with photographs of familys etc in peoples homes. This was in Wilmslow. I think he paid me 10 shillings! I have lots of memories of him and that time.

Comment by: David on 17th March 2015 at 21:04

I have a wonderful album of black and White photographs that Desmond Groves took of me as a young child. I guess I was around 2 or 3 years old at the time. I believe he came to our house to make the photographs although I have no memory of this. I was told later that he took off his watch and gave it to me to look at while he took my picture, my parents were terrified that I would break it.
The quality of the pictures is extraordinary, he was clearly as master at his craft.

Comment by: guy on 30th May 2013 at 11:56

I have recently been given a demons groves family portrait to restore. The colours are faded quite badly. On the rear of the print it states that the negatives are kept to reprint from. Does anybody know if desmond groves negatives are still available.

Comment by: Joanna Rhodes on 1st April 2013 at 20:54

When I was 8 years old (1974), my Grandpa took me to Desmond Groves in Wilmslow for my photographic portrait. I now have this portrait and it's in fabulous condition. I love this photograph. I also remember the whole experience, my new hair cut, a number of new dresses and poses. Lovely man and a talented and creative photographer. Incidently on the back of the frame is a sticker from Desmond Groves explaining that the inks used are organic and thus the colours will last indefinately if not subjected to direct sunlight. He was ahead of his time in this area. I consider myself privilaged to have been photographed by him.

Comment by: KEN LAST on 21st September 2012 at 22:07

I remember well Desmond Groves when his studio was in Wilmslow- top class photographer and top class man.