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Around 1900

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A group of painters - around 1900

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Liz Gatley, England

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   A group of painters - around 1900

 

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Thank you to Liz Gatley for allowing me to reproduce this photograph of a a group of painters.

Liz wrote:

"Here is a photograph of some painters in Edinburgh.  The one in the Trilby  hat is my Great Grandad, James Malcolm Brown, born 1872.

The photograph may have been taken about 1900.

I don't know where the photo was taken but it must have been in Edinburgh as that is where my Great Grandad worked all his life.

Someone else on your site mentioned a stable yard that had connections with painting and decorating, near Inverleith.  Could be a connection there?  I'm not sure."

Liz Gatley, England:  November 3 + 12, 2007

 

Answer 1

Thank you to Ed Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland, for identifying this group of workers:

Ed wrote:

George Greenhill & Son

   A group of painters - around 1900

"This photograph is of George Greenhill & Son's workshop in Inverleith Terrace Lane.  The photo is reminiscent of the workshop in the 1930s, when my late uncle, Peter Greenhill was running the business.

The corrugated shed backed on to the external wall of the Gasworks station at Canonmills, and the double doors opened on to the Gasworks site where my uncle used a bit of waste ground to store scaffolding."

History of the Business

"The business was founded by my Grandfather, George Greenhill.  He was a master Gilder specialising in Church Notice boards and Heraldic Insignia. Originally from Perth, he married in 1889 and came to live in Clarence Street Stockbridge.

His first workshop, which he built himself, was a wooden hut at the corner of Goldenacre Terrace and Inverleith Row. I remember it as 'Robrtsons the Newsagents' as it existed well into the 1950s.

My grandfather employed about six painters until moving to more commodious workshops at Inverleith Terrace Lane and opening a shop at 4 Summer Place which also was his family home in 1902.

This was dismantled before the WWII by Uncle Peter when he expanded the premises after taking over Dunbar's derelict stables in the Lane.

The business lasted for over 75 years and only closed following the death of my Uncle Peter Greenhill  in 1971."

Ed Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland:  December 4 + 5, 2007

 

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Liz Gatley who sent the photograph above wrote:

"It's fantastic to get a reply so soon.

Does Ed know anyone in the photo?"

Liz Gatley:  December 6, 2007

 

Answer 2

Ed replied:

"I was only 10 years old, back in 1939, but I recall the name of one of the Painters who worked at Greenhills for over 40 years.  He was Alexander (Sandy) Campbell.

He may be in the photograph.  He was the Foreman Signwriter.

Sorry I cant help more than that."

Ed Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland:  December 18, 2007

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

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

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks