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Cumming

Jas Cumming,  John Cumming,  Walter J H Cumming

 

James or Jasper * Cumming

*  NOTE:   When I saw Jas Cumming listed in the trade directories, I assumed this was James Cumming.  However, I've now received an email from Jose Puigcerver in Spain, telling me:

"Jas Cumming could be Jasper Cumming, my gran mother was a Cumming, her father's name was Jasper.   Jasper was a common name in the family."

Jose Julio Tato Puigcerver, Spain:  June 4, 2009

Jas Cumming was listed in the Edinburgh trade directories with studios at:

1864-65

75 Princes Street

1864-69

1 Hanover Street

In fact, both these addresses refer to the same studio, on the corner of the street.  It had one entrance facing south at No 75 Princes Street and one facing west at 1 Hanover Street.

Many different photographers were based here during the period 1848 to 1946.  Some, including Parisian Photo Co. were listed under  both of these addresses in the trade directories.

Jas  Cumming was described in the trade directories as Artist .  He was described in the trade directories as J Cumming*

Cartes de visite he used the name Jas Cumming or J Cumming*

*  It is possible that J Cumming may have referred to John rather than Jas. Cumming.

On the back of one of the cartes de visite, the description was

Edinburgh Royal Photographic Establishments

75 Princes Street

J Cumming

Artist

 

 

John  Cumming

Until recently I received  the only evidence that I had of John Cumming being a photographer was this entry found in the New Edinburgh Leith & County Directory:

1867

Silvermills

Silvermills lies to the south of Canonmills.  It is about half a mile north of Princes Street.

However, in March 2006,  Ron Cosens who runs the author of www.cartedevisite.co.uk web site sent me this copy of a carte de visite by John Cumming.  Please click on the image below to enlarge it and read more about it.

A carte de visite by John Cumming, 75 Princes Street  -  Man at Table     The back of a carte de visite by John Cumming, 75 Princes Street  -  Man at Table

Enlargement of detail on the back of a carte de visite by John Cumming, 75 Princes Street  -  Man at Table

This shows that John Cumming, like James Cumming was based at 75 Princes Street, though I don't know in which years he was there or which of these photographers produced the cartes de visite from that address under the name J Cumming.

 

Walter J H Cumming

Who was Walter JH Cumming?  Was he related to John Cumming, James Cumming or the Cumming Brothers

He  was admitted a Member of Edinburgh Photographic Society on 4 March 1885, giving his address as 79 Princes Street, an address occupied by a succession of photographers' studios for about 75 years from 1855.

I have not found Walter J H Cumming's name in any of the trade directories, so was he, perhaps, a photographer employed by one of the other Edinburgh's professional photographers?

 

Cumming

Move to St Andrew Street

Thank you to Ron Cosens for sending me a copy of this advert which he had received from Allan Collier. 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

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Parties Visiting Edinburgh will please observe that

Mr CUMMING of the EDINBURGH PHOTO COMPANY has REMOVED to No.8 ST ANDREW STREET (Entrance by First Door in Meuse Lane), where he takes his celebrated PHOTOS in the same high style of art, and at the same Moderate Charges as formerly.

Mr C. begs to say that he stands unrivalled in that most difficult part of the profession - "CHILDREN'S PORTRAITS" - taken instantaneously.

Falkirk Herald:  Thursday 8 July 1869

Acknowledgement:  Ron Cosens, England:  26 February 2017

Which Mr Cumming?

I don't know which of the Cumming photographers this advert refers to.  It may well be Jas or John.  They had studios at these addresses in the 1860s:

Cumming,  Jas.

1 Hanover Street

1864-69

Cumming,  Jas.

75 Princes Street

1864-65

Cumming,  John

75 Princes Street

?

Cumming,  John

_ Silvermills

1867

Other photographers who had studios at 8 St Andrew Street, the address that Mr Cumming was moving in to, were:

8 Saint Andrew Street

Stewart, Peter

1863

8 Saint Andrew Street

St Andrew Photographic Co

c.1886

Acknowledgement:  Ron Cosens, England:  26 February 2017

 

Cumming Brothers and J D Cumming

 

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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

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