Cabinet Prints  -  Portraits

A Swan Watson

No. 1610

   A Swan Watson  -  Cabinet print 1610

   A Swan Watson  -  The back of a cabinet print  -  1610

No. 2936

    Cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  No 2936

     The back of a cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  No 2936

No. 3302

  Cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  No 3302

   The back of a cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  No 3302

Not numbered

  Cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  Man at Desk

   The back of a cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  Man at Desk

No. 3921

  Cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  No 3921

   The back of a cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  No 3921

No. 6266

  Cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  No 6266

   The back of a cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  No 6266

No. 9941

  Cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  No 9941

   The back of a cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  No 9941

No. 16188

  Cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  No 16188

   Ther back of a cabinet print by A Swan Watson  -  No 16188

Not numbered

  Photograph mounted on cabinet print size card  -  by A Swan Watson  -  Man in uniform

   The back of a photograph mounted on cabinet print size card  -  by A Swan Watson  -  Man in uniform

Charles Jenner

    Cabinet Print by A Swan Watson  -  Charles Jenner, one of the founders of Kennington & Jenner, later to become Jenner's Department Store in Princes Street

Charles Jenner's butler

   Cabinet Print by A Swan Watson  -  Dougald Macdonald, Butler to Charles Jenner, one of the founders of Kennington & Jenner, later to become Jenner's Department Store in Princes Street

 

A Swan Watson

The Backs of the Cabinet Prints

Awards

All the cabinet prints from A Swan Watson that I have seen show the same awards
  -  a cup awarded in 1885 by Edinburgh  Photographic Club
  -  the fronts and backs of medals awarded between 1886 and 1891.

It was in 1891 that that Andrew Swan Watson opened his Edinburgh studio at Bruntsfield.

Zoom-in

   Zoom-in to the back of a cabinet print showing a cup and medals awarded to A Swan Watson

Zoom-in further

   Zoom-in further to the back of a cabinet print showing a cup and medals awarded to A Swan Watson

 

A Swan Watson

Dates of Cabinet Prints

From 1891

The cabinet prints would have been numbered chronologically from 1891 onwards. A Swan Watson's studio remained at Bruntsfield until 1958, but cabinet prints were probably produced there only until around 1900.

No 3302 above has a theatrical appearance, but is probably a photograph from a session in A Swan Watson's studio.  This photo is dated on the back, 1896.

None of the other photos has a date, except the final one above, which is dated July 1902.  This photo is much narrower than a cabinet print, but the mount has been cut to cabinet print size, perhaps to allow it to fit into a Victorian photograph album designed to hold cartes de visite and cabinet prints.

This final photograph may suggest that by mid-1902, A Swan Watson (like many other photographers) had stopped producing cabinet prints and had moved on to other sizes of photograph.

 

 

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