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Carte de Visite

Kyles & Law

Where is it?

A cabinet print by William Halkett, Portobello  -  Where was this photograph taken?

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh

 

Kyles & Law

Photograph

1860s

Studio

Kyles & Law had a studio at 206 High Street, Portobello (1863-67 - see below) and also at Bath Street, Portobello (1866-67).

Carte-de-visite of Kyles & Law Studio, 206, High Street, Portobello

Studio Portraits

Most cartes de visite, including many by Kyles & Law, were studio portraits (as below), but the one at the top of this page is an outdoor scene.

Carte de visite  -  Kyles & Law  -  206 High Street and 33 Bath Street, Portobello  -  Man and chair 

Question

Question

Where is it?

Do you recognise where this photo might have been taken?  If so, please email me, then I'll pass on the news to Archie Foley, Joppa Edinburgh, who sent the photo to me.  This gate post looks quite distinctive.  Maybe it is still standing.

Archie believes that the photographers would probably not have moved far from base, so the photo may well be the back entrance to one of the large houses in Portobello, photographed in the mid-1860s.

Carte de Visite by Kyles & Law  -  Where was this photo taken?

Thank you .    -  Peter Stubbs:  June 7, 2009

Reply

1.

Archie Young

Moredun, Edinburgh

Thank you to Archie Young who wrote:

Where is it?

   Carte de Visite by Kyles & Law  -  Where was this photo taken?

"I'm sure there may be a name on the gate pillar.  I have tried to edit it and read it, using Paint Shop Pro, but failed.

I've racked my brains out to think where this photo might have been taken, if it was in the Portobello area.  I was brought up at Joppa and know Portobello pretty well.  The gradient is not very steep is not very steep.

The photo may have been taken on the north side of Portobello on the left travelling along from King's Road to Joppa, or on the opposite side from Fishwives causeway towards Joppa.

Maybe, if Archie Foley could scan it at a higher resolution it may become possible to read the name."  *

Archie Young, Moredun, Edinburgh:  September 15, 2010

 Archie  Young did well to spot this possible name on the pillar.  It can just be seen on the photo, about a third of the way down the pillar, towards the left-hand side of the pillar.

I've passed on his request to Archie Young, and will update this page again if the location of this photo is discovered.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  September 21, 2010

Archie Young added:

The Pillars

"At the top of the pillar, you can see a rod.  This would end up at the top as a basket.  It was in fact a beacon.  It probably had wood soaked in pitch to keep it alight at night.  All the gate pillars would have had these."

Archie Young, Moredun, Edinburgh:  September 15, 2010

Reply

2.

John Gray

Stenhouse, Edinburgh

Thank you to John Gray who wrote:

Where is it?

   Carte de Visite by Kyles & Law  -  Where was this photo taken?

Possibly near the Old Bandstand

"I wonder if this photo was taken at the bottom of John Street, at the entrance to the  old bandstand area, later the paddling pool site.  It would certainly fit the mild gradient in the picture.

To the left, there seems to be a circle of grass and looking at an old map of Porty there seems to have been a circle of grass evident in that area when the bandstand was in situ.

Also, at the rooftop level of the building to the left, there seem to be chimneys in the distance.  These buildings could be the large promenade flats  beside the prom extension."

John Gray, Stenhouse, Edinburgh:  September 22, 2010

Reply

3.

Archie Foley

Joppa, Edinburgh

Thank you to Archie Foley, who sent me this photo

Carte de Visite by Kyles & Law  -  Where was this photo taken?

for responding to 'Reply 1' and 'Reply 2' above.

Archie wrote:

"I wish this location could be identified without a doubt."

Response to 'Reply 2' above

"Archie Young suggested that there might be a name on the gate post. I did scan at a high resolution and enlarged the image but there are no incised letters, just a rough surface."

Response to 'Reply 2' above

"The lie of the land certainly fits the foot of John Street, but after studying street plans from mid-19th century onwards I think it has to be rejected as the location.

There is a gateway in the correct spot, but it does not give onto a yard with outbuildings at the rear of what seem to be substantial dwellings.

I incline to the view that the shot was taken in west Portobello but with evidence to support it."

Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh:  October 10, 2010

 

 

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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