John Chalmers Leslie

John Chalmers Leslie had a photographic studio at 23 Alderbank Terrace from 1907 to 1910.

Below is the only photograph that I have seen from his studio.  It is a cabinet print with a plain grey back.  The address given on the print is:

J Chalmers Leslie

Merchiston, Edinburgh

 

Cabinet Print

Cabinet Print by John Chalmers Leslie

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 

Question

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Bill Kennedy

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bill Kennedy wrote:

1894?

"I have a John Chalmers Leslie cabinet print of an ancestor that I believe was made circa 1894 which would pre-date his 1907-1910 Edinburgh studio.

Is it possible he was doing business earlier elsewhere or have I simply got my dates wrong?"

Bill Kennedy, Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  February 14, 2011

   

Reply

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Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

Hi Bill:

Yes, the date of 1894 that you mention seems very plausible.  JC Leslie would very likely have been based at his studio at Merchiston, Edinburgh then.

I've not found any entries in the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories telling me exactly when he was based at that studio, but the style of cabinet print at the top of this page looks to me to be typical of the 1890s.

Cabinet prints had been replaced by other formats of photograph by the time that JC Leslie opened his studio at 23 Alderbank Terrace in 1907.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  February 19, 2011

 

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Bill Kennedy

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to Bill Kennedy with a reply to his own question.  Bill wrote:

1894?

"A few days ago, on closer examination of my cabinet print, I discovered that the 'J' could also be a 'T'.  So, I did a Google search and discovered a cabinet print by T Chalmers Leslie of Perth for sale on this page of the Prices4Antiques web site.

My ancestor who is the photograph's subject,  lived in Perth. Surely the two photographers were related.  Let me know what you think!"

Bill Kennedy, Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  February 14, 2011

The description of the photograph being sold above is:

Sale Description

Cabinet Card;  Two Men Fishing with Rods:  Scotland,  1880-1900

"A cabinet card by T Chalmers Leslie of Perth, Scotland shows two men posing on the river's edge holding fishing rods and reels.  This scarce subject matter also shows rods and reels appear to be for fresh water angling or fly fishing."

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  February 19, 2011

 

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Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

Hi Bill:

The photographers may well have been related, but The plot thickens.  I have a booklet 'Photographers in Central Scotland to 1914' (by D Richard Torrance).  For Perthshire, it does not list:

-  John Chalmers Leslie or

-  T Chalmers Leslie

But it does list:

-  James C Leslie

with studios at:

-  1899-1906:  14 South William Street, Perth

-  1900-1905:  18 South Methven Street, Perth.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  February 19, 2011

 

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