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Beken of Cowes

Beken started their photography in 1888 when Alfred Edward Beken (1855–1915) came to Cowes & opened a pharmacy. It was his son Frank (1880–1970) who was so impressed by the Classic yachts sailing off Cowes that he started the Beken Marine Photography Archive. In 1914, the ‘West’ collection of glass plates dating back to 1880 was purchased to add to his growing collection of negatives. By the 1930s, Frank’s son Keith (1914–2007) was busy photographing afloat and in 1970 Keith’s son Kenneth (B.1951) joined the Company. Each generation has earned the title “Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society” and the Company has held three Royal Warrants for excellence. More recently in 2001 staff colleague Peter Mumford became actively employed photographing afloat adding to the modern digital color library. Up to 1970, the photographs were signed Beken & Son by hand in white ink. From 1970 when color photography came to the fore until the darkrooms closed in 2008, all photographs were signed Beken of Cowes again by hand with white ink.

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Framed Vintage Photograph "Evenlode", Beken of Cowes, England, circa 1930s
By Beken of Cowes
Located in Chappaqua, NY
Framed vintage maritime photograph "Evenlode", Beken of Cowes, England, circa 1930s. Part of a series of photographs documenting Regatta races. Provenance: North Star Gallery.
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1930s English Vintage Beken of Cowes

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Framed Vintage Maritime Photograph, "Torbay Regatta", England, 1937
By Beken of Cowes
Located in Chappaqua, NY
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1930s English Vintage Beken of Cowes

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Beken of Cowes Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Beken of Cowes furniture is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of paper and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Beken of Cowes Furniture collection, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 2 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Prices for Beken of Cowes Furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $625 and tops out at $975, while pieces like these can sell for $800 on average.