Charles McKean

Portobello Photographer

Cabinet Print

  Cabinet Print by Charles McKean, Portobello - 2 Ladies

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Margaret Munro, Portobello


Cabinet Prints

The cabinet print above is one of only two that I have seen from the Portobello studio of Charles McKean.

Here are the other two:

Cabinet Print by Charles McKean, Portobello  -  3 ladies     Cabinet print by Charles McKean, Portobello  -  cyclist

When were these photos taken?

I have not found any reference to Charles McKean's Promenade Studio at Portobello in any of the old trade directories, so don't know when it operated.

Perhaps somebody will email me to give me some information about the cycle in the photograph above, that will help to date the photo.


John McKean and Charles McKean


Was Charles related to the photographer, John McKean, who had studios at Leith from 1882 until 1903.  John McKean produced many cabinet prints.  Here is an example (front and back).

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man with large eyebrows     The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man with large eyebrows


Thank you to Isabel Dominy, Reading Berkshire who wrote:

"I am an amateur genealogist, and that interest may have solved the mystery of the two McKeans.  They are father and son.

The 1901 census for Portobello lists:

-  John McKean, aged 41, photographer

Charles McKean, son aged 22, also a photographer."



Charles McKean

John McKean Other Photographers