David Cress tells me that he recently
acquired a group of cartes de visite by John Moffat and a few
other Edinburgh photographers. He believes that these are likely
to be of famous people, but he has only been able to identify two:
- Sir James Young Simpson,
- Dr Thomas Stuart Traill,
Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh
David tells me that his cartes de visite were stored in an
early-1900s postcard album. He believes that they were collected
for the significance of the sitters, rather than being family portraits.
Here are four cartes de visite from this collection of photos.
David tells me that Moffat used the same style of pose for other known
images of famous people.
Please email me to let me know if you recognise any of these men,
then I'll pass on your message to David. Please click on the
images below to enlarge them.