MC:P163/P1 Photograph Album
Large photograph album (325 x 400 x 100mm) bound in red leather and covered with purple velvet. The first few photographs are general views of Magdalen College; thereafter they are almost entirely related to Wells’ rowing career with Magdalen College, Oxford University and the Leander Club, including his crews’ victories in the Oxford Summer Eights, the Boat Race, at Henley Royal Regatta and at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The captions written by each photograph are rendered here in single quotation marks.
Fol. 1r ‘Magdalen College’ – view from the High Street facing east [n.d., c.1910-1913]
Fol. 1v ‘Magdalen College Chapel’ – interior [n.d., c.1910-1913]
Fol. 2r ‘Magdalen College Hall’ – interior [n.d., c.1910-1913]
Fol. 2v ‘Magdalen College from bridge’ – view of bell tower [n.d., c.1910-1913]
Fol. 3r ‘Second Torpid in rough water. Feb. 1910.’
Fol. 3v ‘Torpids 1910. Magdalen II bump Univ I.’
Fol. 4r ‘Magdalen Second Torpid, 1910.’ Team photo. Wells is seated at front; no names are given.
Fol. 4v ‘Eights, 1910. Magdalen II chasing Queens.’
Fol. 5r ‘Eights, 1910. Magdalen II at the start.’ Wells visible in cox’s seat.
Fol. 5v ‘Magdalen II Eight, 1910.’ Team photo. Wells is seated at front; no names are given.
Fol. 6r ‘Magdalen College Group 1910.’ Formal group shot taken in Cloister. Wells is standing near the back, fourth from the left and third from the top. No names given.
Fol. 6v Top: ‘Funeral of H.M. King Edward VII. Windsor, May 20 1910.’ Postcard showing parading troops with Windsor Castle in the background. Middle left & right and bottom: ‘Leander Crew. Henley, 1910.’ Three shots of Leader crew ashore and on the water. No names given.
Fol. 7r ‘Trial Eights, 1910.’ No names given. Wells seated in front row, second from left. Also visible is D. Mackinnon (C. 1906-10) in second row, second from left. Mackinnon was a member of the Magdalen crew which won gold in the coxless fours at the 1908 Olympics. The 1908 Olympic team coach, Guy Nickalls (C. 1886-91), is visible in the back row, third from left.
Fol. 7v ‘O.U.O.T.C. Artillery Section, 1910.’ Shot of the unit, mounted and in parade order with rural background. Wells is visible, mounted, to the left and in front of the artillery piece in the centre of the picture.
Fol. 8r Top left: ‘General French & Staff.’ At the time of this photograph, French was Inspector General of the British Army. Top right: ‘Battery Staff in action.’ Centre: ‘H.B.W.’ Full-length portrait of Wells by river. Bottom left & right: ‘Varsity Crew at Oxford, 1911.’ Two shots of the crew on the water.
Fol. 8v Top left & right: ‘Varsity Crew.’ Two more shots of crew on the water. Centre and bottom: ‘Henley, 1911.’ Two more similar to above. Henley Bridge is visible in the background of the bottom photograph.
Fol. 9r Top: ‘Dr. G.C. Bourne, H.R. Barker, R.C. Bourne.’ Shot of the three named men (the two coaches and stroke respectively of the Oxford Varsity crew of 1911) walking along the towpath at Henley. Middle left & right: Two uncaptioned portraits of Wells in Oxford University Boat Club cap. Bottom: Varsity boat at slipway. A flagpole by the slipway is flying two flags on which are printed ‘Leander’ and ‘O.U….[the rest is not visible, presumably O.U.B.C.]
Fol. 9v Left: ‘Varsity Crew 1911, from Hammersmith Bridge.’ Top right: ‘Leander Henley Crew, 1910.’ Leander boat being launched. Bottom right: ‘Leander Crew at Oxford, 1911.’ Almost identical shot, taken a year later.
Fol. 10r Top left: ‘Varsity Crew at Putney, 1911.’ Shot of crew on water. Judging by the steam from passing launches and the small patches of foam on the water, they are fighting a stiff headwind. Bottom left: ‘Boat Race 1911. Approaching Hammersmith.’ Both boats visible, coming towards the camera, followed by flotilla of steam launches. Right: ‘From Henley Bridge.’ Good close view of Oxford Varsity boat as it comes under bridge. Wells at cox has his back to the camera, but most of the rest of the crew are visible – it is even possible to make out the initials on the jerseys of the first six men.
Fol. 10v ‘Varsity Crew, 1911.’ Team photo with names given as follows – Front, seated: Cox. H.B. Wells (Magd.) 8. 7. 1st row, from left: 6. A.S. Garton (Magd.) 13. 9½; H.R. Barker (Coach); Str. R.C. Bourne (New) 10. 13; Dr. G.C. Bourne (Coach); 7. D. Mackinnon (Magd.) 13. 4½; 2nd row, from left: 2. L.G. Wormald (Magd.) 12. 7; 4. E. Millington-Drake (Magd.) 12. 7½; 3. R.E. Burgess (Magd.) 12. 2½; 5. C.W.B. Littlejohn (New) 12. 13; Bow. C.E. Tinne (Univ.) 12. 2; A.F. Wiggins. (New) (Reserve)
Fol. 11r Top: ‘Boat Race, 1911.’ Side view of Oxford boat. 1 April 1911. Bottom: ‘The Start.’
Fol. 11v&12r ‘Boat Race 1911.’ 1 April 1911. Left: ‘Approaching Hammersmith Bridge.’ Right: ‘Approaching Barnes Bridge.’
Fol. 12v ‘Magdalen College Eight, 1911.’ Team photo with names given as follows – Front, seated: Cox. H.B. Wells 8. 4; 1st row, from left: 5. L.G. Wormald 12. 6; 6. A.S. Garton 13. 5; 3. E. Millington-Drake 12. 5; 7. R.E. Burgess 12. 0; 2nd row, from left: 2. E.R. Burgess 11. 4; 4. C.L. Baillieu 12. 6; Str. S.G. Lee 11. 10; Bow: M.M. Cudmore 10. 8.
Fol. 13r ‘Eight, 1911. At The Start.’
Fol. 13v ‘Eights, 1911. New Coll: Pressing Magd.’
Fol. 14r Top left: ‘Magdalen Crew at Practice 1911.’ Top centre: ‘E.H. & H.B.W.’ Humorous photo of Wells, wearing enormous bow tie, standing behind standing behind a wheelbarrow occupied by Lord Edward Hay (C.1909-11).
Top right: ‘Magdalen at the Start.’ Bottom: ‘Field Day 1911’. Left; mounted artillery unit, Wells visible in centre of picture, pointing to the left. Centre; Wells (‘H.B.W.’) and another mounted cadet, identified by the initials ‘A.S.G.’ (most probably A.S. Garton). Right; one of the gun teams in action.
Fol. 14v ‘Vincent’s Club, 1911.’ Group photograph taken in Cloister. Wells is seated in the middle of the front row, wearing a boater with a wide hatband.
Fol. 15r ‘Magdalen College, 1911.’ Group photograph taken in Cloister. Wells seated on ground in front row, second from left, next to spaniel.
Fol. 15v ‘M.C.B.C. Cricket XI v. M.C.C.C.’ Humorous team photograph. Wells is seated in the centre of the front row, in a wheelbarrow, with a pipe in his mouth and a wine bottle balanced on his head.
Fol. 16r ‘M.C.C.C. v. Magdalen Assoc. 1911’ A more serious, though still casual team photograph. Wells is seated on the ground on the right hand side.
Fol. 16v ‘Magdalen Coll. Henley VIII, Winners of Grand Challenge Cup, 1911.’ Team photograph, with names given as follows – Front row: 5. D. Mackinnon, 13. 2; 6. A.S. Garton, 13. 8; Cox. H.B. Wells, 8.9; 7. A.G. Kirby, 13. 12; 4. J.A. Gillan, 13. 5. Back row: 2. C.L. Baillieu, 12. 3; Bow. E.R. Burgess, 11. 3; 3. L.G. Wormald, 12. 5; Str. P. Fleming, 12. 2; M.M. Cudmore (Reserve)
Fol. 17r ‘Magdalen College VIII. Practice at Henley.’ Four photographs of the Magdalen boat on the water.
Fol. 17v Large photograph of Magdalen boat on the water. Judging by the rowing boats and punts in the photograph and the half-empty riverbank, they are training rather than racing.
Fol. 18r ‘Grand Challenge Cup. Magd. beating New Coll.’ July 1911.
Fol. 18v ‘Grand Challenge Cup. Magdalen beating Ottawa, Canada.’ July 1911.
Fol. 19r ‘Grand Challenge Cup. Magd. beating Jesus, Camb. Final Heat.’ July 1911.
Fol. 19v ‘Boat Race Practice, Oxford, 1912.’ Four photographs of the Oxford crew, two on the water and two on a pontoon by the river bank.
Fol. 20r ‘Boat Race Practice, Oxford, 1912.’ Striking photo of the Oxford crew on the Isis, with the flooded Christchurch Meadows in the background.
Fol. 20v Top left: ‘Varsity Boat in Iffley Lock.’ Top right: ‘H.B.W.’ – head and shoulders portrait. Bottom left: ‘Varsity Boat in Iffley Lock.’ Bottom right: ‘Varsity Crew arrival at Henley.’ Wells is visible on the left of the group closest to camera.
Fol. 21r ‘Varsity Boat Race, Practice at Henley, 1912.’ Four photographs of the Oxford boat on the water.
Fol. 21v ‘Putney 1912.’ Five photographs of the Oxford Varsity crew: Top left: Members of the crew walking on the river bank at Putney. Wells is not visible in this photograph. Top right: H.B.W. R.C.B.’ Wells in cox’s seat by pontoon, with R.C. Bourne at stroke. Centre: group, possibly of Oxford coaches, with R.C. Bourne visible on right. Bottom left: Members of the Varsity Crew at leisure. Wells is standing second from left. Wormald, Horsfall and Wiggins (l-r) are sitting on the sofa, while Wedderburn (l) and a teammate (Pitman?) play billiards. Bottom right: Informal team photo of Varsity crew. Wells is seated at the front.
Fol. 22r ‘Putney, 1912.’ Five photographs of the Varsity crew: Top left: Varsity boat on the water. Top right: ‘E.R.B. (spare man).’ E.R. Burgess in a single scull, with a man on the bank holding his oar. Centre: Varsity boat on the water. Bottom left & right: boat by the bank.
Fol. 22v ‘The 2nd race, April 1st. Oxford 6 lengths ahead at Barnes.’ The 1912 Boat Race was held in very bad weather: consequently it remains the only time in the competition’s history when both boats sank. Oxford managed to re-float their boat and complete the course, but the race was declared void and was re-run two days later. Oxford won this second race convincingly.
Fol. 23r Top and bottom left: ‘The Start on Saturday, March 30th.’ Top right: ‘Nearing Hammersmith. Second Race April 1st.’ Bottom right : ‘Emptying the boat’ – although both boats sank in 1912, the Oxford crew managed to refloat their boat and complete the course. Nonetheless, the race was judged void and re-staged on 1st April.
Fol. 23v ‘Oxford Univ. Eight, 1912’ – the crew on the water.
Fol.24r ‘Oxford Univ. Eight, 1912’ – team photograph with names given as follows – Front row: Cox. H.B. Wells (Magd.) 8. 10; Middle row: 6. A.F.R. Wiggins (New) 12. 11; 3. L.G. Wormald (Magd.) 12. 10; Str. R.C. Bourne (New) 11. 1½; 7. C.W.B. Littlejohn (New) 12. 9; 2. C.E. Tinne (Univ.) 12. 5½; Back row: Bow F.A.H. Pitman (New) 11. 12; 5. A.H.M. Wedderburn (Balliol) 13. 10; 4. E.D. Horsfall (Magd.) 12. 7.
Fol. 24v ‘Summer Eights, 1912’ Four photographs from mid-race. This crew appears to be the Magdalen College VIII pictured on Fol. 25r.
Fol. 25r ‘Magdalen Coll. Eight, 1912’ – team photograph with names given as follows: Front row: Cox. H.B. Wells 8. 6; Middle row: 3. E.R. Burgess 11. 9; Str. E.D. Horsfall 12. 6; 7. L.G. Wormald 12. 8; 6. C.L. Baillieu 12. 8; 5. A.T. Ritchie 13. 8; Back row: 2. G.H. Leigh 11. 5½; 4. M.K. Johnson 11. 2; Bow. A.C. Hobson 11. 6.
Fol. 25v ‘Vincent’s Club, 1912’ – group photograph taken in Cloister. No names given. Wells is sitting in the front row, second from left.
Fol. 26r ‘Magdalen College, 1912’ – group photograph taken in Cloister. No names given. Wells is sitting in the second row, third from left.
Fol. 26v ‘Henley’ – above: ‘Leander’. Below: ‘Practicing.’
Fol. 27r ‘Henley Regatta 1912. The King following the race between Leander and Australians.’ July 1912. This is a wide shot of the two boats approaching the finish; the position of the royal party is unclear.
Fol. 27v ‘Stockholm. Olympic Regatta 1912’ July 1912. Four photographs: Top left: ‘Leander Crew’ – on the water. Top right: ‘Leander Crew’ – informal team photograph. Bottom left: ‘Leander beating Canadians.’ Bottom right: ‘Leander beating Australians.’
Fol. 28r ‘Leander Eight, 1912. Winner of Eight-oared Race, Olympic Regatta, Stockholm.’ Names given as follows – Front row: 6. A.S. Garton 13. 6; 7. A.G. Kirby 13. 8; Cox. H.B. Wells 8. 5. (seated on ground); Bow. E.R. Burgess 11. 8. (not in photo); H.G. Gold (Coach); 5. J.A. Gillan 13. 4; Back row: 2. S.E. Swann 11. 7; 3. L.G. Wormald 12. 7; 4. E.D. Horsfall 12. 6; C.E. Tinne [no weight given]; Str. P. Fleming 12. 0.
Fol. 28v ‘Stockholm, 1912.’ Photographs of Olympic crew at leisure. Top left: members of crew on the beach. Wells not visible. Top right: Crew members in car – Wells is second from right. Bottom left: large billboard in Swedish showing Olympic rowing results, including Leander’s victory in the eights event. Bottom right: crew members at an outdoor café. Wells is second from left.
Fol. 29r Above left: ‘H.B.W.’ – portrait. Below left: ‘H.B.W.’ (Wells); ‘H.K.W.’ (Ward); ‘C.E.T.’ (Tinne); ‘L.G.W.’ (Wormald); ‘R.P.H.’ (Hankinson); ‘C.L.B.’ (Baillieu); ‘E.D.H.’ (Horsfall). Top right: ‘Boat Race.’ Middle right: ‘Practice at Henley.’ Bottom right: ‘1913.’
Fol. 29v ‘Boat Race Practice, 1913.’ Five photographs of the Oxford crew in training. Top left: Crew disembarks via pontoon. Top right: Crew on the water. Centre: ‘W.Taylor and Jack.’ Portrait of man (presumably the team’s coach) with dog. Bottom: Two informal team photos. The photo on the left captures a rare smile from Wells as E.R. Burgess throws an arm around his shoulders.
Fol. 30r Above: ‘Boat Race Practice at Oxford, 1913.’ Below left & right: ‘Full Course Trial, Putney, 1913.’
Fol. 30v ‘Putney, 1913’. Four photographs of the Oxford trial crew at the Putney boat houses. Wells appears in the bottom left-hand photograph, fifth from the left.
Fol. 31r ‘Putney, 1913.’ Four more photographs: the two on the left show the crew on the water. The upper right photo shows them carrying the boat up from the slipway, while the lower right shows several members of the crew on the balcony of one of the boat houses.
Fol. 31v ‘Putney, 1913.’ To the left are two shots of the crew on the water, to the right are two shots of Wells – one a full-length portrait and the other a photo of him talking to an older man, probably the team’s coach.
Fol. 32r ‘Putney, 1913.’ Left: Large photograph of Oxford boat from above, probably taken from a bridge. Top right: Oxford crew on the water, at rest. Wormald is visible at No.7, taking off his scarf. Bottom right: Two boats rowing side-by-side. This was probably taken during the full course trial, when the final Oxford VIII is picked.
Fol. 32v ‘Putney, 1913.’ Above left: ‘Oxford rowing full course trial.’ Below right: ‘The Cambridge crew.’
Fol. 33r ‘Putney, 1913’ Left: ‘The Cambridge crew.’ Right: ‘E.D.H., L.G.W., A.F.R.W.’ – Horsfall, Wormald and Wiggins with their oars outside the boat house. Wiggins has his back to the camera.
Fol. 33v ‘Oxford Eight, Putney, 1913’ – two shots of the crew on the water.
Fol. 34r ‘Oxford Univ. Eight, Putney, 1913.’ Team photograph, named as follows – In front: Cox. H.B. Wells (Magd.) 8. 9; First row: 5. A.H.M. Wedderburn (Balliol) 13. 11½; 6. A.F.R. Wiggins (New) 13. 0; 7. L.G. Wormald (Magd.) 12. 11½. (Presdt.); Str. E.D Horsfall (Magd.) 12. 6; 4. H.K. Ward (New) 12. 10½; Back row: 3. R.P. Hankinson (New) 12. 0; Bow. E.R. Burgess (Magd.) 11. 12½; 2. C.L. Baillieu (Magd.) 12. 4.
Fol. 34v ‘Boat Race, 1913.’ 13 March 1913. Left: ‘L.G.W[ormald] [and] R. Le B[lanc] Smith tossing for Stations.’ – a good picture, taken with the coin in mid-air. Le Blanc Smith rowed for Cambridge in 1910, 1911 and 1912; he did not compete in 1913 (as is evident from his clothing in this shot) but took part in the coin toss as president of Cambridge University Boat Club. Right: ‘Under Hammersmith Bridge.’ – Oxford boat, taken from above.
Fol. 35r ‘Boat Race 1913.’ 13 March 1913. Above left: ‘Approaching Hammersmith Bridge.’ Below right: ‘The Finish.’
Fol. 35v Above left: ‘Boat Race, 1913. The Finish.’ 13 March 1913. Photograph of the Oxford boat from the Middlesex side. Below right: ‘Mortlake. After the finish.’ Photograph of both boats at rest. The Cambridge crew appear visibly despondent. Oxford look more animated, with several rowers apparently talking to each other, but the effort and emotion seem to have overtaken Hankinson at No.3, who sits with his head in his hand.
Fol. 36r ‘Magdalen College Eight, 1913.’ Team photograph. Baillieu and the trophy at his feet appear to have been pasted onto the photograph at a later date. There are no names given, but comparison with earlier photos in this volume allows the identification of the following: Front row (l-r): L.G. Wormald, E.R Burgess, H.B. Wells, C.L. Baillieu, E.D. Horsfall; Back row (l-r): G.H. Leigh, (unknown), A.T. Ritchie, (unknown).
Fol. 36v ‘Magdalen Coll. Eight, 1913. At the Punt.’
Fol. 37r ‘Magdalen Coll. Eight, 1913. The First Stroke.’
Fol. 37v&38r ‘Summer Eights, 1913. Magdalen pressing New College.’
Fol. 38v Top left: Wells (back, at left) and Wormald (front, at right) in cadets’ uniforms riding with two others over Magdalen Bridge. Magdalen bell tower is in the b/g, covered in scaffolding. Top centre: ‘H.B. W[ells], A.S. G[arton], L.G. W[ormald].’ Top right: ‘Magdalen Pavilion.’ Wells and Horsfall are visible sitting in deckchairs to the left of the pavilion steps. Bottom left: ‘Eights Week, 1913. H.R.H.’ photograph of Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII, later still Duke of Windsor) running to follow the boats during Summer Eights. Edward is behind two other runners in the centre of the picture, wearing a light-coloured jacket and a fedora. Bottom right: ‘H.B.W.’ – Wells is standing on the right, taking a photograph of three others in striped blazers.
Fol. 39r ‘Stockholm, 1912.’ July 1912. Top left & top right: ‘Leander beating Australians.’ Bottom left, top & bottom centre: ‘Leander Crew’ Bottom right: ‘Leander & German crews.’
Fol. 39v ‘Vincent’s Club, 1913.’ Group photograph taken in Cloister. Wells is seated fourth from the left in the second row, wearing a boater with a wide hatband.
Fol. 40r ‘Magdalen College Group, 1913.’ Taken in Cloister. Wells is seated seventh from the left in the second row.
Fol. 40v ‘Final, Grand Challenge Cup, 1913. Leander beating Jesus Coll. Cambridge.’ July 1913. Taken from near the finish at Henley.
Fol. 41r ‘Leander Eight, Henley, 1913.’ No names given, but some faces are recognisable from other photographs, in particular Wells (front and centre), A.S. Garton (seated second from left), coach Guy Nickalls (seated in centre, immediately behind Wells), L.G. Wormald (seated, far right), and E.D. Horsfall (standing, second from right).
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