Philip Ernest Low

Philip Ernest Lowe  [in one directory]

Portobello Studio

From 1900 to 1911, Philip Earnest Low was listed in the trade directories as having studios at Portobello, a  popular seaside resort in the early 1900s, about  five miles from the centre of Edinburgh.  His cabinet prints included photographs of:

- sitters in a large reproduction car in the studio, with backdrop of either a street scene or a woodland scene.

-  a boat in the studio, with a backdrop showing a beach scene

-  children with donkey and cart  (see below).

Cabinet Print  -  donkey and children  -  Photographer: Philip E Low      Cabinet Print  -  donkey, ladies and children  -  Photographer: Philip E Low

Philip Ernest Low advertised:

- Bath Street, Portobello:  Head Studio

Also at:

- 130 Leith Street,  Edinburgh

- Promenade, Broughty Ferry

- Bathing Station, Aberdeen


Philip Ernest Low

Thank you to Trina Bouvet, Grenoble, France who wrote:


"Philip Ernest Low was my  my grandfather.  Here is a photo that PE Low took of his wife, my grandmother (Margaret Chisholm).  I don't know in which year he took the photo."

Cabinet Print by Philip Ernest Low  -  Margaret Chisholm


"You mention that Philip Ernest Low had a studio in Bath Street, Portobello, until 1911. The family emigrated to New Zealand after that, originally to Dunedin, where my mother, Iris Margaret Low, was born in 1914.

Two children were born in Scotland before the departure - Evelyn, who we called Aunty Eva, and 'Sonny', a nickname but I don't know the real name.

Another son, Reginald, was born in New Zealand. As a widower, my grandfather remarried and had another son, Ken.

Philip Ernest Low owned hotels in New Zealand, in different cities. He went bankrupt in the Great Depression and everyone fled to Australia, with the exception of Eva who was married.  He died in Sydney in 1936."

Tina Bouvet, Grenoble, France:  January 19, 2010