Final PSS Exhibition
10th PSS Exhibition was
the final exhibition to be staged by the Photographic Society of Scotland.
It was opened
7 St Andrew Square with a Conversazione to which a number of gentlemen
interested in Photography and Art were invited by the President and Committee
was specified that all pictures were to be untouched and from a single
negative, except in the case of views which could have sky printed from another
negative. Toning or shading before fixing was permitted.
Committee gave a less enthusiastic report than they had given in previous years:
was a good attendance and the Exhibition was considered a satisfactory one.
It was left open free of charge till the end of April."
[Committee Report to PSS - 13/3/1866]
Medals awarded, and the award committee's comments were:
View by a Dry Process
Committee had no great choice to select from, but of those exhibited in
competition by far the best of those exhibited in competition by far the best
were by George Hardy of Manchester taken by the Collodio-Albumen process.
From the large collection forwarded by this gentleman, the Committee
selected View in Patterdale as in the
whole the best."
view taken by an Amateur by any process
Committee have again the pleasure to award the Medal to Mr John Smith, Darnoch
Tower, Melrose for his picture On the
This view and the others there exhibited by Mr Smith were all taken
by the wet collodion process.
They were of a larger size and finer quality than those exhibited last
year, for one of which he carried off the Medal."
competition lay between Mr Dallasí Portrait
of Revd G..ullen and Mr William Neilsonís portrait of Mr Nicol.
The committee, whilst admiring the great size and clean manipulation of
Mr Neilsonís picture, thought that Mr Dallasí was on the whole preferable of
the two, and to him they have accordingly awarded the Medal."
Medals were offered but were not awarded. The classes were:
a View of Architectural Subject
Enlargement of a Portrait.
was specified that enlargements must be superficially at least four times the
size of the original picture. However,
the Committee regretted that they could not recommend that any medal be awarded
for these classes. They reported:
pictures sent in competition are few in number and not of a sufficiently good
quality; whilst several of the best show indications of hand colour, which
entirely excludes them from competition. With
the recollection fresh in their memory of the noble enlargements exhibited to
this Society last year by Dr. Van Monkhaven, they cannot but regret that so
little worthy of commendation should be exhibited in this very important
department of photography."
his Society has ever been anxious to encourage and reward all efforts to perfect
the important process of Carbon Printing, they would recommend that an extra
Medal be awarded to Mr Swan of Newcastle for the very beautiful specimens
exhibited by him, both views and portraits, and more especially for his picture
of the Horse fair from a negative
by Messrs Holroyd of Harrogate, which has all the delicacy and brightness of a
high class mezzotint enlargement, whilst it is a more perfect copy of the
painting from which it is taken than can be produced by the Graver."
of Portraits, Groups
Committee will also commend that an extra Medal be awarded by Mr AG Rejlander
for the very beautiful and artistic series of portraits, groups and studies
Exhibited by him which form so important and pleasing a part of this yearís
in Scotland and Edinburgh
concluding this Report by to call the attention of the Society to the very
perfect and artistically selected views in Scotland and Edinburgh by the
Honorary Secretary Mr Clark. These
views are of the highest excellence, and had they been competing would justly
have been entitled to the Medal, but Mr Clark did not consider that the
Secretary should compete and willingly resigned all chance of gaining a Medal.
Committee, whilst doing all justice to Mr Clarkís honourable feelings, cannot
consider it fair to him that, because he has taken upon himself the labour of
acting as Secretary to the Society he should be deprived of the only honour the
Society has in its power to bestow. They
would therefore recommend that an extra Medal be given to Mr Clark for his
series of views of Scotland, and they are the more inclined to recommend this
step as it has the approval of the President of the Society, Sir David Brewster."