Photograph of Thomas Wallace (sea
by his grandson
Thomas Wallace (photographer)
A handwritten note on the back of this cabinet print says that it is a
photograph of of Thomas Wallace the sea captain, the grandfather of the
photographer Thomas Wallace of Dalkeith.
By estimating the possible age of the subject when the photograph was
taken, it seems likely that the photograph might have been taken around
the mid 1800s - too early to have been taken by Thomas Wallace
[Jun] whose name appears on the back of the cabinet print.
Thomas Wallace [Jun] had a photographic
business at several studios in Dalkeith, about seven miles to the
south-east of Edinburgh, from 1887 until 1914 or later.
Thomas Wallace Jun.
He may well have had a photographic business earlier, or perhaps he
worked for another photographer before setting up his own studio. The
1881 census records him as being a
photographer. business then.
However, Thomas Wallace [Jun] was not born until
5 Aug 1855, so would not have been the person who photographed Thomas
Wallace [Sen] in the mid 1800s. Might the
explanation be that the print we see above was in fact printed by Thomas
Wallace [Jun] from an earlier negative?
I would welcome any views on this subject.