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Robert Smith Forrest

ALSO

RS & W Forrest

William Forrest

Forest [in one directory]

RS&W Forrest

RS&W Forrest was a partnership between Robert Smith Forrest and William Forrest, until 1905 when the two photographers began to work from separate studios.

Here is a cabinet print from RS&W Forrest's 'Brandon Studio' at Brandon Terrace, Canonmills, Edinburgh.  The studio operated from 1890 until 1905, just about the end of the era of cabinet prints.

The cabinet print below includes Scottish highland dress.  The back of the card is plain white.

Cabinet Print by Forrest  -  Lady with two children in highland dress

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to the Scottish Genealogy Society

 

Question

The photo above is from an album that has been donated to the Scottish Genealogy Society.  The inscription on the front of the album reads 'AG Fraser, Edinburgh, 1889'.

Most of the photos in the album are from studios in Edinburgh.  A few are from studios in Musselburgh, Leven, Walthamstow and Forfar & Kirriemuir.

Here are more photos from the same album.

Do you have any idea which family this album might have belonged to?  If so, please e-mail me, then I'll pass your message on to the Scottish Genealogy Society.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  January 14, 2007.

 

William Forrest

William Forrest described himself as Photographer and Enlarger.

Here is one of the post cards that he produced form his studio at Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh.

Post Card

Post Card Portraits  -  William Forrest

©  Copyright: For permission to reproduce,
 please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 

Robert Smith Forrest

(26 March 1871 - 9 February 1943)

Occupations

Robert Smith Forrest for three years from 1906-08 described himself in the Edinburgh trade directories as Photo Artist and Photographer.

Then until 1942 he described himself as Artist.

Throughout this period his address was: Raeburn House, 32 York Place.  A plaque on the wall of 32 York Place, carved in stone, says:

“In this house, built by him, 

Sir Henry Raeburn painted

from 1798 to 1809”

 

Thank you to Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh, who has been investigating the history of Robert Smith Forrest,  for providing the following details.

Archie wrote:

Occupations

further details

Here is how Robert Smith Forrest's occupation was described in different documents over the years:

1891

Census

His brother William is shown as Photographer App. [employed].

Photographic Artist (Employed)

1897

Marriage Certificate 

His wife Edith Isabella MacRitchie is similarly described.

Photo. Artist

1898

Birth Certificate, daughter

Photo Artist

1901

Census

Living at 5 Park Place, Trinity

Photographer (Employer)

1901

Birth Certificate, son

Photo Artist

1903

Birth Certificate, son (2)

Photographer

1928

Death Certificate, wife

Registered by son 2

Artist, Portrait

1930

Marriage. Certificate, son (2)

Artist

1943

Death Certificate, own

Registered by son2

Artist

1972

Death Cert, son(2)

 Photographer

Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh,  March 29, 2006

Archie also wrote:

Descendants

The person who commissioned this research is the husband of Robert Smith Forrest's granddaughter.

He said that Forrest had worked for the Royal Family at Holyrood and became a painter.  He thought that Robert Scott Forrest was an RSA but I have not been able to check this.

His wife's father (RSF's son) had an antique shop in the Royal Mile and the basement had hundreds of plates and equipment that had belonged to Forrest.

Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh,  April 15, 2006

 

 

Question

1.

Thank you to Denis Perks, Toronto, Ontario, Canada for telling me more about Robert Smith Forrest's paintings.

Robert Smith Forrest

Painting

Denis wrote:

“I have an old oil painting of Edinburgh Castle and the Ross Fountain signed 'Robert Smith Forbes'.  I am trying to discover whether or not it is an original."

Denis Perks, Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  November 3, 2009

Denis added:

“I've now found more information.  I believe that the man whose signature appears on my painting might be Robert Smith Forrest (1871-1943) who was also responsible for a watercolour portrait of King George V and Queen Mary, painted in 1911 and hanging in the Edinburgh City Chambers.

 I'm trying to locate a signature of other pieces of work so I can compare and authenticate.

Denis Perks, Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  November 6, 2009

 

Question

1.

Answer

1.

Robert Smith Forrest

Etching

Thank you to Marty Aldinger, Minnesota, USA, who read Dennis Parks' search for Robert Smith Forrest's signature, and sent me the etching below, together with an enlargement of RS Forrest's signature that appears at the foot of his etching.

Marty tells me that he purchased the etching some years back in Maddison, Wisconsin.  The etching is a view looking SE towards Edinburgh Castle from West Princes Street Gardens.  The Ross Fountain in the gardens is in the lower left corner of the picture.

Please click on the thumbnail images below to enlarge them

Engraving

Etching of Edinburgh Castle by Robert Scott Forrest ©

Signature

Signature of Robert Scott Forrest, taken from the foot of his engraving of Edinburgh Castle ©

Marty Aldinger, Minnesota, USA:  December 20, 2009

 

Question

1.

Answer

2.

Robert Smith Forrest

Painting and Etching

I emailed Denis Perks to let him know about 'Answer 1' above.

Denis replied:

"Thanks for the link.  The etching is of the same painting as I have.  That's amazing!

An auction house has stated that my painting, with the history I have accumulated so far, could fetch Can$800 to Can$1200 at auction.

I beleive the signatures appear to be the one and same."

Denis Perks, Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  December 26, 2009

 

Question

2.

Angus Murchison wrote:

Robert Smith Forrest

Portrait Painting

“This foot-square head and shoulders portrait was probably bought in an antique shop because of the attractive composure of the sitter.

It hung in my mother-in-law's house since 1939 or earlier, and on her death it passed to my wife .   As we are both fond of the picture it now hangs in our home. 

The signature 'R S Forrest' is on the bottom right corner but there is no indication regarding the identity of the sitter, or where or when it was painted.

Portrait Painting by the Edinburgh Artist and Photographer, RS Forrest ©

I'd be delighted if you could answer any of these questions."

Angus Murchison, Glasgow, Scotland:  December 21+23, 2010

Reply to Angus?

Please email me if you'd like to send a reply to Angus, then I'll pass on your message to him.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  December 31, 2010

 

Question

2.

Answer

1.

Robert Smith Forrest

Thank you to Richard Torrance for providing a little more background to RS Forrest, and details of some of his paintings.

Richard wrote:

"Robert Smith Forrest, was born in Edinburgh on 29 March 1871 and died 9 Feb 1943.

He began as a photographer with a studio at 32 York Place, known as Raeburn Studio, from 1906 to 1908.

In 1911, he was commissioned by the Royal Burghs to paint a watercolour portrait of the King & Queen for their Convention at Holyrood.  This is now in Edinburgh City Chambers.

After 1927 Forrest turned increasingly to etching."

His etchings and Edinburgh topographical scenes, narrative subjects and portraits were exhibited at Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) between 1908 and 1959.

Richard Torrance, Edinburgh:  January 1, 2010

 

Comment

1.

Linda Smiles

Thank you to Linda Smiles, a descendant of Robert Smith Forrest for sending me two etchings by Robert Smith Forrest, and for telling me that the signatures on these are almost identical to the signature on the etching in 'Question 1, Answer 1' above:

Signature of Robert Scott Forrest, taken from the foot of his engraving of Edinburgh Castle ©

Please click on the two thumbnail images below to see the etchings that Linda sent to me, and to read more about them.

Canongate Tolbooth

   Etching of Canongate Tolbooth, Edinburgh,  by Robert Smith Forrest ©

Chancellor Court

   Etching titled 'Chancellor Court'  by Robert Smith Forrest ©

Acknowledgement:  Linda Smiles, December 28, 2011

 

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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?    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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