Eugenio Martinucci
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Eugenio Lombardi Martinucci (1849 - 1920)

Eugenio Lombardi Martinucci aka Lombardi
Born in Chiavenna, Italymap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 6 Feb 1875 (to 1903) in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 71 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 6 May 2015
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The Lombardi photographic studio at 113 King's Road, Brighton was opened around 1863. The Lombardi studio had been established by Antonio Martinucci (c1830-1880), an Italian professor of languages who had settled in Brighton ten years previously. Antonio Martinucci was later joined in the business by Eugenio Martinucci (1849-1920), a photographer who later became the senior partner in the firm of Lombardi & Co. of Brighton and London.[1]

A portrait of Eugenio Martinucci (c1849-1920). This likeness was taken in the London studio of Lombardi & Co. around 1883, when Eugenio was in his early thirties. PHOTO: Courtesy of Heather Holford

A portrait of a young woman, probably photographed by Eugenio Martinucci during the time he was the sole proprietor of the Lombardi studio in Brighton. This carte-de-visite photograph was produced at the Lombardi studio at 113 King's Road, Brighton around 1872. As "Signor Lombardi", Martinucci showed similar portraits at the Annual Exhibitions of the Photographic Society of Great Britain held between 1871 and 1879.

The trade plate of Lombardi & Co. Photographers to the Royal Family, 79 West Street & 113 King's Road, Brighton and at 13 Pall Mall East, London, S.W. as printed on the reverse of carte-de-visite portrait (c1878). Eugenio Martinucci, was born at Chiavenna in the Lombardia region of Northern Italy around 1849. ( Sometimes, Eugenio's full name is given as Eugenio Lombardi Martinucci or Eugenio Martinucci Lombardi ). Although Antonio Martinucci is recorded as a resident in the English seaside resort of Brighton in 1854 and is registered in the English census of 1861, the date of Eugenio Martinucci's arrival in England has not been noted. When the census of Brighton was carried out on 2nd April 1871, Eugenio Martinucci was recorded at the Lombardi studio at 113 King's Road, Brighton. Eugenio Martinucci ( wrongly entered as "Ugene Martinici" on the census return), is described on the census return as an unmarried man of twenty-two working as a "photographer". It appears that Eugenio had been recruited by Antonio Martinucci to operate the Lombardi photographic studio in Brighton's King's Road. Antonio Martinucci was possibly Eugenio Martinucci's father. When Eugenio Martinucci married in 1875, he declared that his father was "Antonio Martinucci, merchant ".

Eugenio Martinucci and Lombardi & Co. of Brighton

In early 1870s, Eugenio Martinucci was the chief photographer of the Lombardi studio at 113 King's Road, Brighton. Around 1875, the year of his marriage to Mary Alice Nye [see below for further details of Eugenio Martinucci's wife and family], Eugenio Martinucci joined forces with two other photographers - Robert Hatt (born c1843, Islington) and Burt Sharp (born 1851, Brighton) - to form the firm of Lombardi & Co. A second Lombardi studio was opened at 79 West Street, Brighton around 1875.

By 1877, Eugenio Martinucci was taking a greater interest in the photographic publishing business he had developed with fellow Italian photographer Leonida Caldesi (1822-1891) at Caldesi's studio at 13 Pall Mall East, London. Under the name of Lombardi, Caldesi & Co., Eugenio Martinucci and Leonida Caldesi published photographic portraits of celebrities and photographic reproductions of works of art ( including exhibits at the British Museum and the Old Master paintings held by the National Gallery in London). Martinucci was also the proprietor of a "new portrait studio" at 13 Pall Mall East, which operated under the name of Lombardi & Co. In 1877, in order to be closer to his business interests in the capital, Martinucci moved to London with his family, leaving Robert Hatt and Burt Sharp in charge of the Lombardi studios in Brighton.

In 1880, the partnership between Eugenio Martinucci and his two English associates came to an end. Martinucci, who was now residing with his wife and children in the St Pancras district of London, had decided to concentrate on his portrait studio and photographic publishing venture based at 13 Pall Mall East in the City of Westminster. In 1880 Martinucci dissolved his partnership with Robert Hatt and Burt Sharp and ended his active involvement with the Lombardi studios in Brighton. Robert Hatt and Burt Sharp remained business partners and continued running the studios at 113 King's Road and 79 West Street, Brighton under the name of Lombardi & Co.[2]

Research Notes

Possible mother: Rosalia Lombardini Martinucci


A descendent of Eugenio and two descendents of Andrea Martinucci share DNA.

One match is 33 centimorgans shared across 1 DNA segment. Predicted 4th cousins which is Eugenio's parents. Possibly Andrea's father, however, no mention of him has been found. It is possibly a generation higher.


Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1891
County: Sussex
Parish: Brighton
Ecclesiastical Parish: BRIGHTON
Registration District: Brighton
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Photographer
Relationship to Head of Household: Head Lodger
Birth Year (Estimated): 1849
Birthplace: Italy Chiavenna
Page Number: 18
Registration Number: RG12
Piece/Folio: 803/ 78
Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Emma Lambert Daughter Female 38 Sussex, England
Albert H Luckett Lodger Male 32 Coombe, Oxfordshire, England
Harry A Vivian Lodger Male 25 London, England
Eugenio Martinucci Head Lodger Male 42 Italy Chiavenna
Alice M Martinucci Wife Lodger Female 38 Brighton, Sussex, England
William E Martinucci Lodger Male 15 Sussex, England
Antonio L Martinucci Lodger Male 13 London, England
John S Martinucci Lodger Male 13 London, England
James A Nye Lodger Male 35 London, England
Emma G Nye Lodger Female 35 Sussex, England
Francis A Nye Lodger Male 7 London, Middlesex
Mabel B A Nye Lodger Female 0 London, Middlesex
Helen P Nye Lodger Female 0 London, Middlesex
Katherine M Nye Lodger Female 2 London, Middlesex


  • "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2017), Eugenie Martinucci, St Pancras, London,Middlesex, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing p. 39, Piece/Folio 220/81, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,361.
  • "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 April 2016), Silbani Martinucci in household of Eugenio Martinucci, Hampstead, London, Middlesex, England; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Hampstead subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  • Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1881. Class: RG11; Piece: 220; Folio: 81; Page: 39; GSU roll: 1341048
  1. Sussex Photo History
  2. Sussex Photo History

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