George Popawitz [in one
Types of Photography
George Popawitz was
initially a daguerreotype photographer.
He became noted for his albumen on glass work.
George Popowitz placed adverts for his photographic business at 60
Princes Street in The Scotsman on:
1, 5, 8 Dec 1849
22 Jun 1850
26 Jun 1850
29 June 1850
The Scotsman 1 December 1849 Page 1
MR POPOWITZ begs to inform the Nobility and
Gentry that his
REMOVED from the MOUND,
and is now at No 60
PRINCES STREET, Edinburgh.
This advert was followed by one on a different subject the
The Scotsman 8 December 1849 Page 1
THE FRENCH and GERMAN LANGUAGES taught
Grammatically and to perfection in only 50 LESSONS ! ! !
For conditions and particulars apply at MR
POPOWITZ's Photographic Gallery, No 60 Princes' Street,
In 1850, Popowitz again advertised his photographic
The Scotsman 22 June 1850 Page 1
Also: 26, 29 June 1850
M G POPOWITZ'S
IMPROVED PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS
AT NO. 60 PRINCES STREET
The highest perfection yet attained in this
beautiful art, is in daily process at this Establishment.
George Popowitz appeared in Slater's Directory at this address in 1855,
then In the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory at the same
address in 1854, 1855 and 1856.
However, I have been told that a will for George
Popowitz was recorded at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on 31/1/1852 and that it
is therefore likely that he died shortly before that date.
[John J Hadden]
So, did the studio at 60 Princes Street continue
to operate under the name of George Popawitz for about four years after
his death, and if so, who was operating it then?
The business was still advertising under the name
of Popowitz in 1853. Was the advert below perhaps addressed to
Members of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland meeting in
The Scotsman 11 May 1853, Page 1
Also: 14, 18 May 1852
TO MEMBERS OF ASSEMBLY AND OTHERS
LIKENESSES taken in the Best Style of Art at
POPOWITZ'S PHOTOGRAPHIC ROOMS, 60 PRINCES STREET, at very
moderate charges, and equal to the most carefully-finished
An inspection of Specimens at the
Establishment is respectfully solicited.
From 1858 onwards the 60 Princes Street continued
to be the address for Edinburgh photographers, the first being
John Moffat, 1858-60.
Patricia Ralph tells me that before becoming a Daguerreotypist in
Edinburgh around 1847, George Popowitz was a Daguerreotypist in
"I have a colleague who is trying to find the
locations of any of the Daguerreotypes that George Popowitz took in
Patricia Ralph: April 5, 2011
Reply to Patricia?
If you can help to answer this question,
please email me, then I'll pass your message on to Patricia.
Edinburgh: April 8, 2011
Thank you to Mark Gamble for providing the following information about
Mark wrote wrote:
Directory of Important English Towns ,1847
lists under Nottingham:
Popowitz George, (photographic), Bromley
House, Angel Row.
This directory information ties in with
the 1851 census for Scotland which shows that his children were born
- Leon c1844 England - See
Births Index Dec Q 1843 - Popowitz, Leon Elias George - Liverpool
Sub-District, Volume XX Page 303.
- Louis c1846 England - See
Births Index Mar Q 1846 - Popowitz, Louis Francois - Nottingham
Sub-District, Volume XV Page 641.
- Eleanora c1848 Edinburgh.
Therefore, we may presume that he
moved to Edinburgh in 1847/48.
Popowitz produced Daguerreotype
photographs that carried the embossed wording: 'Popowitz 4
to the EdinPhoto information and my research, this gives such an item a
narrow band of production of 1847-1849."
Mark Gamble: October 26, 2011
Thank you to Caroline Gerard (a founding Member of Friends of
Warriston Cemetery in Edinburgh) who wrote:
"In the early (pre-1855) burials at Dean
Cemetery, Edinburgh, there appeared the name “George Popowitz, Artist”.
I had to investigate this, and it turned out
that he was a photographer."
Birth and Death
"George Popowitz died age 57 of Typhus Fever
on 1 November 1851 at his home, 3 East Register Street."
George Popowitz' name remained in the listing of
photographers in the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory until 1856.
Was his business continued after his death by somebody else, still using
the George Popowitz name?
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: 31 March 2015
"The 1851 Census stated that:
Popowitz was 58, Photographic Artist, born Hungary, and a widower.
- George Popowitz
had three chil
Louis, age 5, born England,
Eleonora, age 3, born Edinburgh."
Caroline Gerard, Dean, Edinburgh: March 31, 2015
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Thank you to Allan Dodds for following up Patricia Ralph's message
about George Popowitz in Nottingham in her Comment 1 above.
"Here is a reference that I found."
Daguerreotype Patent Holder
Daguerreotype patent holder in Nottinghamshire at this time was a
Hungarian emigré named George Popowitz, who operated from the Bromley
House studio in Angel Row, Nottingham and rigidly enforced his monopoly.'
Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England