In 1887, the Convention was held
in Glasgow. The visitors spent one day in Edinburgh. It was
visitors – ladies and gentlemen – were then driven about, down to the
principal places of interest, and around Queen’s Drive to Craigmillar
Castle where luncheon was served, and a large group taken by Mr Crook on a
25-inch plate, which has turned out successfully"
would like to find a copy of this photograph.
the Photographic Convention of the United Kingdom was held in
Edinburgh. Alexander Ayton
junior, Vice President of EPS took a photograph of the visitors
in Princes Street Gardens.
was one of the early enthusiasts of the
platinotype, which he described as resembling mezzotint engraving.
In the 1890 EPS Exhibition, he exhibited 1 carbon print and 19
platinotype portraits, including an artist, a sheriff, a Colonel, a Knight, a
Lady and nine Lords.
William Crooke won awards at photographic exhibitions
in many cities. including:
- Edinburgh 1886 1890 1891
- Glasgow 1891
- Kings Lynne 1887
- Leeds 1892
- Richmond 1887
- Hamburg 1898
1892 1894 1895 1896 1897 1900
[Source: Adverts on the back of cabinet prints in the 1890s and
Click here for advert on the back of one of Crooke's cabinet
William Crook appears in the membership list as
a new member of Edinburgh Photographic Society (re-joining) in 1881-82.
When did he first join EPS?
Even his second
joining, in 1881 us several years before he set up his Edinburgh
studio, and several years before he
started winning the medals for his photography that are depicted on the back
of his cartes de visite.
Crooke's lectures to EPS included:
"Manipulation of Argentic
- 1882: "A
Few Practical Hints to Beginners"
- 1885: "Art as
- 1899: "Portraiture"
In 1911 William Crooke made a photographic tour of
America and exhibited his work. He
met the US President and was entertained to lunch by George Eastman.
business passes to Yerbury
William Crooke died in 1927 or 1928.
The business continued under his name until 1930 when it was incorporated
into the business of Edward R Yerbury & Son.