Turnbull  Studios

1.

Edinburgh and Portobello

2.

Glasgow

3.

West of Scotland

4.

Scotland

5.

Detail on the back of a cabinet print

6.

Greenock and Glasgow

 

1.

Turnbull  Studios

Edinburgh and Portobello

The Turnbull family had the following studios in Edinburgh

 

Turnbull,  John M

14 Nicolson Square

1865-78

Turnbull,  Robert

3 Baxter's Place

1911-21

Turnbull,  Walton

?

?

Robert Turnbull also had a studio at Portobello, the seaside resort on the Firth of Forth about five miles to the east of Edinburgh.  Below is one of his studio portraits, no doubt from the Portobello studio.  Please click on this image to enlarge it.

Photograph from Robert Turnbull's studio

 

When did Robert Turnbull's studio operate in Portobello, and what was its address.  I have found no reference to this studio in the trade directories.  Perhaps, like others, it operated in the summer months only.

 

2.

Turnbull  Studios

Glasgow

The Turnbull family had the following studios in Glasgow

 

Charles Turnbull

75 Jamaica Street

1857-64

Charles Turnbull & Sons

75 Jamaica Street

1865-84

Charles Turnbull & Sons

10 Jamaica Street

1885-14+

Robert Turnbull

620, Eglinton Street

1903-14

Robert Turnbull

5, Union Street

1909-14

Thank you to Captain John Aston RN, Winchester, Hampshire, England for sending the following additional information.

John wrote:

"I have just noticed the back of an 1873 CdV that reads:

Photographed by Turnbull and Son

 75 Jamaica Street, Glasgow

Note that the name is 'and Son',  not  'and Sons'."

John Aston:  31 October 2005

 

The 1881 census gives details of the Turnbulls above, and also of Walter Turnbull:

Charles Turnbull

Photographer,  Aged 29,  b. Glasgow

Lodger with John Morran, photographer, 75 Jamaica St

Robert Turnbull

Photographer,  Aged 39,  b. Glasgow

Resident 285 Bath Street, Glasgow, with:
- wife, Margaret T
- children: Jessie,     aged 17, b. Renfrew
               Mary,       aged 12, b. Glasgow
               Charles,     aged 8, b. Glasgow
               Margaret,   aged 5, b. Glasgow
               Robert,      aged 2, b. Gourock,
                                               Renfrewshire

Walter Turnbull

Artist photographic, aged 18, b. Glasgow

Son of Robert T, printer compositor and Isabella T
Resident 72 McKinlay Street, Govan

 

Source:  Photographers in Lanarkshire to 1914 [D Richard Torrance]

 

3.

Turnbull  Studios

West of Scotland
and elsewhere

Robert Turnbull listed his studios on some of his card mounts.  These included studios in Paisley and Saltcoats and several others locations. Please see the examples below which are listed with acknowledgement to John Aston who provided the details:

Turnbull & Sons

75 Jamaica Street Glasgow

Photographed by
Turnbull & Sons

75 Jamaica St. Glasgow

Artists & photographers,
Turnbull & Sons

75 Jamaica Street Glasgow

and at City Buildings, 32 Cathcart Street Greenock

Turnbull & Sons,
Artistic photographers

10 Jamaica St. corner of Argyle St. Glasgow

23 Garfield St., opposite New Post  Office, Belfast

Bijou Studios, 37 Hamilton St., Greenock

Turnbull & Sons,
Artistic photographers

10 Jamaica St., corner of Argyle St., Glasgow

23 Garfield St., opposite New Post Office, Belfast

Bijou Studios, 37 Hamilton St., Greenock

Main Street, Larne

7 North Bridge St., Hawick

Turnbull & Sons,  
Artistic photographers

10 Jamaica St., corner of Argyle St., Glasgow

London Studio, 49 King William Street, London Bridge, E.C.

23 Garfield St., opposite New Post Office, Belfast

Bijou Studios, 37 Hamilton St., Hawick

Main Street, Larne

7 North Bridge St., Hawick

Source:  John Aston

Thank you, also, to Hugh (full name not known) for providing the following information that may be helpful in determining when the last six studios listed above were operating.

Hugh wrote:

"I have a 2-1/2" x 4" photo by Turnbull and Sons.  The address is 10 Jamaica St, corner of Argyle St. Glasgow.  There are five other locations on the back of the picture, which also has a drawing of their business building at 10 Jamaica St."

The six addressed given by Hugh are the same as the last six in the table above.

"The person in the photo is a great Aunt who appears to be about 16 to 20 years old.  She was born between 1870 and 1872."

Hugh:  August 10, 2007

 

4.

Robert Turnbull Studios

Scotland

Thank you to Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh for sending me even more studio addresses for Robert Turnbull's company.

Thank you also to Winnie Lisowski for also providing the same studio addresses, but with one difference - the one in green below.

All the following addresses were listed on the back of one of his photos:

Robert Turnbull

Photographer

5 Union Street Glasgow

6 Union Street  Glasgow

24 Causeyside Street (entrance 1 Johnstone Street)  Paisley

41 Dockhead Street  Saltcoats

Blenheim House, Baxter Place Edinburgh

26 Bath Street  Portobello

Cathcart Street  Greenock

Head Office & Works:  620 Eglinton Street  Glasgow

Source:  Archie L Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh, November 30, 2006

 

5.

Detail

from the back
of a Cabinet Print

Here is detail from the back of one of Turnbull & Sons' cabinet prints, sent to me some time ago, giving the addresses of Turnbull's Glasgow, Belfast and Greenock studios:

Detail from the back of a cabinet print from the studios of Turnbull & Sons, Glasgow, Belfast and Greenock

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Diana Stevens

The lettering at the bottom of the card reads:

Our Patent Luxograph Apparatus enables us to take Photographs
at all times & in all weathers after dark as well as during the day.

Licensees for the following patents.  Chromotype,
Lambertype, Contretype & the Vandreweyde

Leather, Saddler and Harnes Manch.

Presumably       1. 'Harnes' should be 'Harness'        2. 'Manch' = 'Manufacturer'

Acknowledgement:  Diana Stevens:  April 12, 2004

 

5.

Detail

from the back
of a Cabinet Print

Here is detail from the back of one of Turnbull & Sons' cabinet prints, giving the addresses of their Glasgow, Belfast and Greenock studios:

Detail from the back of a cabinet print from the studios of Turnbull & Sons, Glasgow, Belfast and Greenock

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Diana Stevens

The lettering at the bottom of the card reads:

Our Patent Luxograph Apparatus enables us to take Photographs
at all times & in all weathers after dark as well as during the day.

Licensees for the following patents.  Chromotype,
Lambertype, Contretype & the Vandreweyde

Leather, Sad... Hol..es. M...ch.

 

 

6.

Robert Turnbull Studios

Greenock and Glasgow

Thank you to Arthur Low for investigating further and sending more detail of Robert Turnbull's studios in Greenock.

Arthur wrote that:

-  he has an interest in Glasgow 's Victorian photographers.  Here is a link to his web site:
Glasgow's Victorian Photographers.

he visited Greenock's archives recently, and checked the details for the company recorded in the PO directories.

Here's what Robert found in the PO directories:

Robert Turnbull

Photographer

1881-84

32 Cathcart Street, Greenock

1885

10, Jamaica Street, Glasgow

1885

37 Hamilton Street, Greenock

Source:  Arthur Low, Eaglesham, Glasgow, Scotland:  January 31, 2010

 

 

Turnbull

Studios

Studio Photos

Boat and Pier    Zoom-in (studio addresses)    

Zoom-in (photo)      Cabinet Print 1        Cabinet Print 2

John M Turnbull

EPS Lectures      Dry Plates      Businesses        Exhibitor

Turnbull Family

Censuses and Wills     Advertisements

Charles      Robert       Walton     Turnbull & Sons

 

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