Visit an online exhibition of life through the lens of a Victorian and Edwardian Isle of Wight photographer.

William Hogg (1844 to 1928) lived in Ryde and focussed on the first few decades of the 20th century, in and around the town.

His images contrast relaxing moments of people rowing on Ryde Boating Lake, and yacht racing off Ryde Pier – to a First World War tank presented to Ryde in 1919 in recognition of funds contributed by the town to the war effort, totalling £501,432.

The exhibition has been created by the Isle of Wight Heritage Service.

William Hogg worked as a photographer for Jabez Hughes of Ryde, and later ran a tobacconist shop and sub post office in the town, while continuing to record the everyday lives and activities of the people of the area.

He was often commissioned by local families to take pictures of their houses – and the collection also contains magnificent images of churches, hotels and other significant buildings.The Isle of Wight Heritage service holds a collection of more than 200 glass negatives by Hogg, who earlier in his career also frequently visited Osborne House to take pictures of Queen Victoria and the royal family.

Find more about the collections of the Isle of Wight Heritage Service HERE.