“The negative of this
photograph is preserved and can be reduced for the smallest locket or enlarged
up to life size and finished in oil or water colours.”
1894, Frank Pelham Moffat took over the Moffat business following his father’s death. In 1895, he enlarged and improved the studio at 125 Princes
Street. Electric incandescent light
was installed for portraiture, but later this was discarded in favour of the arc
1904, three floors of 126 Princes Street were bought and combined with 125 to
make a single house comprising 3 reception rooms, glass studios, operating
rooms, printing rooms and enlarging rooms.
Marshall Wane's Studio
John Moffat's Studio -
A correspondent in The Practical Photographer in
referred to the studios of
Marshall Wane and John Moffat. He said:
"There will always be a hankering after
photography in colours, and to further cultivate the demand, Mr Marshall
Wane and Mr J Moffat have some very fine specimens of this art, quite
different from what has "gone before"; you can not see the brush marks.
The colours and tints are naturally studied
and near the idea as one could wish. This description of work is
only for the upper crush, the lower crush must be content to look on.
Studio in 1904
John Moffat’s Studios remained at 126 Princes Street until 1962.
Here is a description from 1904:
well known electric and day-light studios for portraiture, including a special
studio with toys for photographing children.
Moffats has a stock of 300,000 negatives including some old views of
Edinburgh. Specialists in group
work, “at home” and outdoor
photography. Also miniatures, water
colour paintings and oil paintings, either from life or from a photograph, by AE
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'Photographer of Children' remained at this address until from 1873 until
one time, there were over 100,000 negatives (or 300,000 if the quote
above is correct) in the Moffat Collection, but these had reduced to
10,000 by the time the firm was taken over by ER Yerbury.
John Moffat, great grandson of John Moffat the photographer, was
unsuccessful in attempting to trace these in the 1990s.