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Engravings and Engravers

   

Engravers

as

Photographers

1.  Background

2.  Engravers and Photography

3.  Photo Process Engravers

 

1.

Background

Photography replaces Engraving?

The 19th century Edinburgh photographers, no doubt, saw the the potential for photography to replace engravings in book illustrations, just as it had become accepted, rather than miniature paintings, for portraiture.

Several of Edinburgh's photographers from the mid 19th century onwards came from families of engravers, or had other links with engraving.-  

John Horsburgh (1791-1869)
came from a family of engravers.
  His  grandfather, John Horsburgh,  worked chiefly in line on copper and produced views to illustrate The Land of Burns, published in 1840.

GW Wilson,

Alexander Adam Inglis,

Francis Caird Inglis,

Archibald Burns

and others were produced landscape and urban views, including  Edinburgh, in the 19th century.  It is interesting that some of these photos, themselves, became the subject of engravings for books.

Photographers appear to have taken an interest in engraving:

Thomas Annan, an exhibitor in several of the photographic exhibitions of the Photographic Society of Scotland established the printing and photo-engraving business, Swan & Annan in the 1880s. [P&P:RL]

Alexander Nicol gave a lecture to EPS in 1873
"
Photographic Printing on Wood as an assistance to the Engraver'

George Aikman [photographer, 1907-09] gave a lecture to Edinburgh Photographic Society in 1906, entitled:
"A Sketch History of Engraving".

George Aikman may well have been son of the Edinburgh landscape, portrait and topographical engraver George W Aikman, who was himself son of the engraver George Aikman who worked for Lizars. [P&P:RL]

[Edinburgh Trade Directories]  

 

2.

Engravers who tried Photography

Some of Edinburgh's engravers turned their attention  to photography - in some cases briefly for longer:

Robert Bishop, partner of James Ross for a short period in 1844,  was a wood engraver.

RH Gibbs & Co
were
Photographic Artists & Engravers, 1891-93

John Hislop  
was Die stamper, Stamp Cutter and Engraver from 1885, and 
photographer from 1896.

John Le Conte
mezzotint engraver, worked for James Scott, engraver, 65 Princes St
c.1830.  He then set up his own engraving business 1845 until at least 1870. 
He became a professional photographer briefly,
1860-63.  
He was described  as a Figure & Animal Painter
1868.

John Moffat (1819-1894)  
was Portrait Engraver  and Crayon & Chalk Portraitist  from about 1848.   He took up photography as an amateur from about 1850, and as a professional in 1853. 

Thomas Pringle
was originally engraver, but took up photography soon after completing his apprenticeship, working first for Ross & Thomson Later, he and James Ross created the Ross & Pringle Partnership, 1867-83
.

Hugh H Ritchie  
born in Edinburgh
c.1822 was engraver, lithographer and printer.  
He was an engraver
throughout the period 1842-94 and a photographer, 1856-70.

William Watson
was a wood engraver,
1877.  He became a professional photographer, 1894.

 

3.

Photo Process Engravers

The Trade Directories

The Edinburgh trade directories listed several categories of trade connected with photography, one being Photo Process Engravers.  In some cases these same individuals or firm also appeared in the list of photographers.  

In many cases, it is not apparent whether they also took portraits or other photographs in addition to their engraving business.  These are the Photo Process Engravers and related trades who were also listed as photographers:

J M Bell & Co were Artists and Photo Engravers
Bell, Fowler & Co were Photo Process Engravers & Designers

J Munro Bell published the book, Old Edinburgh Closes, including his drawings and engravings.

Archibald, Fowler & Ferrier Ltd (photographers, 1897) were 
photo engravers, designers, litho-draughtsmen and electrotypers.

Davidson & Austin photographers, 1896-98]  were
photographers and photo process engravers.

Donald M Scott
working from 115 Rose Street
1909-26 was 
Trade Photographer & Process engraver.

Alexander Wood & Son
were Photolithographic Artists and Photo Engravers,
1878-1917

Stevenson & Co (1892-94) and succeeding companies, including
David Stevenson & Co
(1921-36) were 
photo process engravers

Theodore Guyot was a partner in Guyot & Wood,   
Geographical engravers, photo-lithographers and zincographers
.  

[Edinburgh Trade Directories] 

 

 

Engravers and Engraving

Books

Modern Athens - 1829

Old & New Edinburgh - 1890

Other engravings

Early engravers

More recent engravers

Engravings and Engravers

Engravings - index

Processes

Engravings

Etchers etc

Photographers

A selection of  Engravings

 

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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