John Moffat

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John Moffat and the Edinburgh Photographic Society

Almost forty years after exhibiting at Crystal Palace, he showed the scope of his work with his entry in the 1890 EPS Exhibition:

1890 Exhibition

EPS held a major photographic exhibition in 1890.  John Moffat exhibited:

-  platinotype prints (10 portraits) 

-  platinotype prints (2 titled: “Study in Light and Shade”)

-  carbon prints  (2 portraits and one titled “Auntie’s Pet”)

-  carbon on porcelain (1 portrait titled “Sisters”)

-  bromide prints  (2 portraits, one of them finished in crayons)

-  silver prints of interiors

-  carbon print - (titled: “I’m smoking, you see!”)

-  photograph taken in 1864  “Portrait of Fox Talbot"

John Moffat became President of EPS in 1892-93 and died in 1894.

1909 Exhibition

The EPS 1909 Exhibition was reviewed in the British Journal of Photography.  The work of John Moffat, which is highly praised.
[BJP 1909, p.169].   

This appears to be the work of John Moffat (1819-1894), submitted fifteen years after his death, rather than a later member of the family.  The only other member of the family that I know of with the name John Moffat was his autobiographer who died in the 1990s.

One of Moffat's photographs reviewed in the 1909 Exhibition was Mr John McWhirter R.A.  John McWhirter (1839-1911) was born in Edinburgh and published Landscape Painting in Watercolours, 1901.

Another of Moffat's photographs reviewed in the 1909 Exhibition was The Proclamation.  I believe that a copy of this print is held in the Royal Photographic Society's collection.