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Cabinet Prints  -  Portraits

John McKean

Fronts of the Cabinet Prints

From the cards that I have seen it appears that John McKean specialised in photographing groups.  See:

-  large groups in 1, 2, 3 and 5 below.  Who are they?

-  family groups in 4, 6, 10, 11 and 12 below.

Most portraits that I have seen from the studios of Edinburgh's professional photographers in the 19th century are of ladies.

However, based on the photos that I have collected, John McKean  appears to have photographed more men than ladies.

Backs of the Cabinet Prints

John McKean had studios at:

-  1882-1900:  Junction Bridge, Leith

-  1884-1893:  Newington

 I have seen at least ten different styles of back to John McKean's cabinet prints, excluding the various shades of plane back that he used.  These different styles of back may well give clues to help with dating photos.

It would be interesting to find some John McKean photos with dates on the back then determine which style(s) of back he used in different years.

Further comments

Thank you to Sheena Ireland, Hove, Sussex, England for e-mailing me with the following message:

I have a cabinet print by McKean.  Its back is a cross between 13-15 and 16 below.

The chair on which my lady is seated could be the same as that in prints nos. 7, 8, 9, 21 & 24 and the tablecloth on which she is resting her elbow looks like the one in print no. 4, which may be the same as in 7 but its deep border is less obvious,  so Iím not sure.

Re your large groups:  my guess for 1 & 2 is a boysí prep. school in the Newington area.

 

 

Newington Studio

1884 - 1893

1.

Cabinet Print  -  John McKean  -  2 men + 18 boys ©

The back of a Cabinet Print  -  John McKean  -  2 men + 18 boys ©

2 men + 18 boys

2.

Cabinet Print  -  John McKean  -  2 men + 19 boys ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print  -  John McKean  -  2 men + 19 boys ©

2 men + 19 boys

3.

The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  2 men and 12 ladies or girls ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  2 men and 12 ladies or girls ©

2 men + 12 ladies/girls

 

Leith Studio

1882-1900

4.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Famiily of 9 ©

The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Famiily of 9 ©

Family of 9

5.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  2 men + 9 ladies ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  2 men + 9 ladies ©

2 men + 9 ladies

6.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  4 children ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  4 children ©

4 children

 

7.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  A couple ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  A couple ©

Couple

8.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Ladies in Costume ©

The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Ladies in Costume ©

2 ladies in costume

9.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  A couple beside a table ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  A couple beside a table ©

Couple and table

 

10.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Family of 6 ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Family of 6 ©

Family of 6

11.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Family of 7 + baby ©

The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Family of 7 + baby ©

Family of 7 + baby

12.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Family of 8 ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Family of 8 ©

Family of 8

 

13.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Girl with flowers ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Girl with flowers ©

Girl with flowers

14.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man seated ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man seated ©

Man seated

15.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Lady and fur ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Lady and fur ©

Lady and fur

 

16.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Lady and grasses ©

he back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Lady and grasses ©

Lady and grasses

17.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man and rope ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man and rope ©

Man and rope

18.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man and dog ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man and dog ©

Man and dog

 

19.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man with large eyebrows ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man with large eyebrows ©

Man with large eyebrows

20.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man with chains ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man with chains ©

Man with chains

21.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man with beard ©

The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man with beard ©

Man with beard

 

22.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man with tie-pin ©

The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Man with tie-pin ©

Man with tie-pin

23.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Boy in white ©

The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Boy in white ©

Boy in white

24.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  3 ladies ©

 The back of a Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  3 ladies ©

3 ladies

 

25.

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Mrs Elizabeth Kuchnan Stewart ©

 Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  3 ladies ©

Mrs Elizabeth K S Wood

 

Junction Bridge Studio

Around 1900

Cabinet print of a Lady in Costume with a Fan  -   from the studio of J McKean, Juncition Bridge, Leith ©

Lady in Costume with a Fan

 

Cabinet Prints:     A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L     M    Mac/Mc    N    O    PQ   R    S    T    U    V     W    XYZ     Views

 

Cartes de Visite:    A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L   M   Mac/Mc    N    O    PQ   R   S   T   U    V    W    XYZ     Views

 

More cartes de visite and cabinet prints can be found on the Newhaven Fishwives page.

 

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