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Edinburgh Calotype Club Album  -  Volume 1

Tennent's Album

A Missing Album

In 1952, Edinburgh City Library obtained an album of 126 photogrpahs taken by members of the Edinburgh Calotype Club in the 1840s.  This was acquired from the Montgomery family.

This was described as Volume 2.  An extensive search was made for Volume 1 of Montgomery's Album but it was never found.

In late 2001, another album of photographs of the Edinburgh Calotype Club was found.  Several of these photos matched photos in Montgomery's Volume 2.

It was thought, at first, that the newly discovered album was the missing Volume 1 from Montgommery - but examination of the notes and index accompanying this album led to the conclusion that the new album, described here as Volume 1 was the Tennent family.

A little information is known about the album not yet found - Volume 1 of the Montgomery Album.  It apparently includes images of Lima, Peru and Stirling Castle. [Comment from National Library of Scotland]

Hugh Lyon Tennent was a member of the Edinburgh Calotype Club.

206 Photographs

The auction catalogue gave details of the album, together with reproductions of several of its photos.  The auction catalogue described the album:

206 photographs of varying sizes up to 8in x 6 in, neatly stuck to one side only of 115 pages in all, each identified by a number and the initials of the photographer which correspond with the detail of the subjects in an accompanying contemporary booklet, written in clear copperplate hand and loosely held to the rear board of the album by a cotton ribbon

A substantial number of the prints date from a seven month period in 1848.  ...  The range of subjects and styles are vary varied and there are mixed standards of success both technically and artistically

In fact, about 60 of the photographs in the recently-discovered Edinburgh Calotype Album were identical to photos in the Edinburgh Calotype Album (volume) acquired by Edinburgh City Library about 50 years earlier.

The Photographers

The photographers included in Volume 1 of the Calotype Album are:

Dr John Adamson, St Andrews 1809 - 1870
Major Hugh Lyon Playfair, St Andrews 1786 - 1861
Sir James Dunlop 1830 - 1858
Rev. McPhail 1821 - 1908
Cosmo Innes 1798 - 1874
George Moir 1800 - 1870
James Francis Montgomery 1818 -1897
Robert Tennent 1813 - 1890
Hugh Lyon  Tennent 1817 -1874

 

Acknowledgements

DATES of BIRTHS + DEATHS (above):  National Library of Scotland 'Pencils of Light' web site.

NAMES of PHOTOGRAPHERS (above):  Dominic Winter Book Auctions Catalogue from the auction in which the Calotype Album was sold:  "Printed Books Sale, 12 December 2001"

NAMES of PHOTOGRAPHERS:  Eoin Shalloo  also provided the following helpful comments of the National Library of Scotland in August 2003:

" When we researching the members of the club we initially thought the 'McP' referred to in the manuscript indexes was Robert McPherson but we are pretty sure it is James Calder MacPhail.

Similarly with Mungo Ponton - the photos annotated with 'P' were probably taken by Hugh Lyon Playfair. As far as we know there is no evidence that Ponton and MacPherson were members of the Club."

 

 

Edinburgh Calotype Club Album  -  Volume 1

The Auction

The Edinburgh Calotype Club Album, Vol 1, was auctioned by Dominic Winter in December 2001.  It was acquired for 234,000, against strong competition from the USA,  by a consortium led by the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The NLS bid was funded largely by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, but with contributions also from NLS, City of Edinburgh Council, National Arts Collection Fund and the Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust.

 

 

Edinburgh Calotype Club

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Newhaven Fishwives  -  from Edinburgh Calotype Club Album  Portraits             Scott Monument  -  from Edinburgh Calotype Club Album  Views

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Story           Portraits         Views

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Story           Portraits         Views

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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