In a letter of 22 December 1859, written to the
Photographic Society of Scotland in connection with their 4th Annual
Exhibition, he lists the prices of his portraits.
1st size - no hands
2nd size - with hands
3rd size - half length
£1 1s 0d
4th size - whole length £1
Plain copies of the first 3 sizes - 5/- each
Plain copies of the 4th size
- 7/6 each.
1st size - tinted
£2 2s 0d
1st size - finished £3 13s
2nd size - tinted £2
2nd size - finished £4 19s
3rd size - tinted
£3 13s 6d
3rd size - finished £6
4th size - tinted
£5 15s 6d
4th size - finished £8 18s
4th size - in uniform or highland dress £10 10s 0d
Miniatures for Bracelets, Lockets, etc. - smallest size £6 6s 0d
NOTE: £1 in 1859 is equivalent
to almost £100 in 2010.)
Princes Street Studios
Photography became well established in Edinburgh
from the 1840s onwards. Most of the early photographic studios
were in Princes Street.
Edinburgh Studios - 1840 to 1900
was well suited to photography. There was an open outlook to the
south towards Edinburgh Castle, so studios on the upper floors in
Princes Street got the good light that was needed for photography in
the early days.
many tourists and local residents passing along Princes Street, who
might visit the photographic studios - but not many would have been
prepared to pay the high cost for photos in the early days.
patented his Calotype photographic process in England, and Daguerre
had placed restrictions on the use of his Daguerreotype in
England, but photographers in Scotland were free to use either
- cartes de visite between the late-1850s and
1900, then also
- cabinet prints between the late-1860s and
Here are a few cartes de visite from Edinburgh
Studios: 1846 to
Cartes de visite: Newhaven Fishwives
of Newhaven Fishwives were set up in the studio then hand-coloured.
The result is appealing. The photos are quite different from
Hill & Adamson's photos of the fishwives taken outdoors at Newhaven.
added illustrations of the medals he had won
to the backs of his cartes de visite. This can be helpful in
dating his cartes de visite. Fashions can also be helpful in
dating photos. Note that the later cards often have rounded
I believe that all the 'Parisian Photo Co' photos
below are likely to have been taken between about 1887 and 1905:
These photos all
have backdrops, suggesting grander or more exotic surroundings than the
sitter might have been accustomed to. But they are obviously studio
shots. e.g. where the photographer has made no attempt to hide
join of the backdrop and the flooring.
A couple of the
people in the photos are in uniform. Did these uniforms belong to the
studio? I suspect the answer is 'Yes' - at least in the case of the
Fire Officer's uniform.
The Yerbury family had studios
in Edinburgh 1869 - 2003
Several generations of the Yerbury family have had studios in
Edinburgh, beginning with E R Yerbury who had a studio at the corner of
Princes Street and Hanover Street in the 1860s and ending with Trevor Yerbury
who had a studio in East Claremont Street and specialised in wedding
photography. His studio remained in business until 2003.
Here are some photos of Edinburgh with an impressionistic
feel. They were created by Trevor and Faye Yerbury, using original
polaroid material. They were exhibited, together with some Yerbury images
from 1850 to 1950, in Ocean Terminal in 2004: