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PSS - 6th Exhibition

December 1861


December Opening again

The 6th PSS Exhibition returned to the same timescale as the first four exhibitions.   It opened in mid-December and remained open for about two months.  

The exhibition was held in DR Hay's Fine Art Saloon, 90 George Street.  But the venue appears to have been not entirely satisfactory.

"Council have for a considerable time been aware that the present place for the Exhibition is not well suited for the purpose." 
[PSS Council Report:  13 May 1862]

Admission prices and opening times were the same as in previous years:

-       10am to 5pm:  Admission 1/-

-       7pm to 9pm:    Admission 6d or 3 for 1/-

-       Season tickets [I have found no reference to these] 

"Like all similar Exhibitions, it suffered from the prevailing public depression caused by the lamented death of the Prince Consort, and resulted in a loss to the Society of about 40."
[PSS Council Report:  13 May 1862]

A selection of photographs from this exhibition was purchased by PSS and distributed to members.


The Rules for Exhibition were the same as for the 4th Exhibition:

 All descriptions of photographs will be admissible (as before)

 The Committee strongly recommends that pictures should be framed and glazed with margins of mounting board not exceeding 2 ins in width all round.

 It also recommends that in the case of pictures smaller than 9 x 7 inches, four should be in one Frame, but a Frame containing more than one picture must not exceed 12 square feet in area

 Give details:  subject, artist, owner, process and price (if for sale)


Silver Medal for the Best Picture of a Group

David Octavius Hill 

'Dr. John Brown and his Cousin Dr. John Taylor Brown'.

Silver Medal for the Best Frame containing Cartes de Visite

Henry Peach Robinson

'six cartes de visite'

Silver Medal for the Best Photograph of Any Other Thing

-  James Mudd

'The Tay above Dunkeld'


There were 85 exhibitors.  The British Journal of Photography reported:

"The varieties of processes used in production of these pictures are few - indeed, year after year they are getting fewer and fewer.  Most by the collodion process, some by modifications such as collodio-albumen, tannin, malt, 'hot water'".   
 [British Journal of Photography]

The Scotsman newspaper reported:

"Why they were so called is a question not easily answered.  Visiting cards they most certainly were not. In the photographic exhibition last year, 2 or 3 frames were exhibited, if we recollect right, for the first time; but in the present exhibition, their name is legion, the upper end of the large room being almost entirely occupied by these specimens."  

[The Scotsman:  1 January 1862] 

For further details of many of the entries in the PSS 6th Exhibition, please select from the two lists below:


Scottish Entries      Other Entries      Comments in BJP 1862


Other Photographs in Exhibitions


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