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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

 

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Sir David Brewster
[1781-1868]

Sir David Brewster

Calotype by Hill & Adamson

Sir David Brewster  -  a calotype by Hill & Adamson

©  Reproduced by courtesy of Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services

The Photograph above is a calotype taken by Hill & Adamson between 1843 and 1847.

Sir David Brewster

Calotype Album Photograph

Sir David Brewster  -  from Edinburgh Calotype Club Album

©  Reproduced by courtesy of Edinburgh City Libraries 
and Information Services

 

Photograph of Brewster from the Edinburgh Calotype Club album:
   Photographer:  Mungo Pontin

 

Brewster

Cartes de Visite

Sir David Brewster

Carte de Visite by Orange

Carte de Visite  -  Sir David Brewster  -  President of PSS

©  Reproduced from the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television by courtesy of the Science and Society Picture Library. 

A carte de visite of Sir David Brewster

Photographer: André Orange.

Brewster and Talbot

Carte de Visite by Moffat

Carte de Visite  -  Brewster and Talbot

©  Reproduced from the National Museum of Photography Film, and Television by courtesy of the Science and Society Picture Library.   Click here for link to web site.

A carte de visite of Sir David Brewster and William Henry Fox Talbot.
Photographer: John Moffat.

 

Brewster

Optics and Photography

Sir David Brewster is well known for his discovery of the kaleidoscope.

Brewster, like Talbot carried out optical experiments.  It was Brewster's reputation in this area that led him to correspond with Talbot, and to visit Talbot at his home in Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire.

Talbot gave Brewster details of his calotype process in the winter of 1840-41.  At the time, Brewster was Principal of the United College of St Salvador and St Leonard at St  Andrews  University.

Brewster founded the St Andrews Literary and Philosophical Society in 1838.  It was primarily through this society that Brewster and a small group of pioneering photographers, including the Adamson brothers and Thomas Rodger experimented with the calotype process in the early 1840s in St Andrews.

 

Brewster

Links with Edinburgh

Sir David Brewster was born in Jedburgh in 1787.  He had links with Edinburgh throughout his life. 

-   He attended Edinburgh University from the age of 12, walking the 45 miles from Jedburgh to Edinburgh, as was the custom of the day.   [AML]

-   He was awarded an Arts Degree by Edinburgh University in 1800.

-   He became editor of the Edinburgh Magazine from the age of 20.  This subsequently became the Scots Magazine and is still being published (2002).

-   He was editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica for 22 years

-   In 1808, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and went on to become the Society's President in 1864.   

-   In 1819 he, together with Professor Jamieson, started the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, which he later went on to produce himself as the Edinburgh Journal of Science.

-   He was first director of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts, from 1821.

-   In 1859, at the age of 78, he was elected Principal of Edinburgh  University, a post he retained until his death nine years later. 

-   The anonymous writer of his obituary in the British Journal of Photography wrote:

"In private life he was exceedingly genial, and we have seldom enjoyed a more pleasant day than one we spent with him, upwards of four years ago, when he resided at Portobello, near Edinburgh."

 

Brewster

The PSS 

 

  • Sir David Brewster was elected first President of the Photographic Society of Scotland, from its foundation in 1856, and remained its President until the Society was wound up in 1873.

  • At the time of his election in 1856, he was Principal of the United Colleges of St Salvador and St Leonard, St Andrews University. 

  • Other scientists experimenting with the calotype process in St Andrews at the time were Thomas Rodger, and John and Robert Adamson.

  • It was Brewster who suggested that Robert Adamson should move to Edinburgh to work with DO Hill.   He was not able to attend all the PSS Meetings,   but remained a loyal supporter, and was President of the Society throughout its active life.

  • Brewster gave lectures to the PSS in the 1850s on three subjects on which he was well qualified to speak:

- Photography

- Optics

- The Stereoscope

  • He was elected an Honorary Member of Edinburgh Photographic Society in 1862.

 

Brewster

Early Photography

 

  • Brewster's expertise in optics was highly regarded by Talbot.   The two had exchanged correspondence for over twenty years at the time that Brewster was elected President of PSS.  

    Unfortunately, Brewster's correspondence was lost in a fire in 1903.

  • Talbot wrote to Brewster in 1841, explaining his calotype process.

  • It was Brewster who suggested that Robert Adamson should move to Edinburgh to work with DO Hill.

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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