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Thomas Annan

1829-1887

 

Thomas Annan

Family

The parents of Thomas Annan were:

- Father:  John Annan - flax spinner

- Mother:  Agnes Annan  (née Bell)

[John Annan's Death Certificate]

Thomas Annan lived most of his life in Glasgow, but moved to Edinburgh, living with his brother,  John, at Rock House, Calton Hill, Edinburgh from 1869.  Rock House had previously been the home of DO Hill.

Rock House

   Rock House studio  -  1870s ©

John Adam was a professional photographer in Edinburgh from 1869 to 1890.

The second son of Thomas Annan was the photographer James Craig Annan (1864-1946), the pictorial and portrait photographer who, together with Alfred Steiglitz, became a member of the “Linked Ring.

James Craig Annan renewed interest in the Hill & Adamson calotypes by making gravure prints from their work.   [MIT]

 

Thomas Annan

Background

Early Life

Thomas Annan was born between Cupar and St Andrews in Fife, Scotland.  He was initially apprenticed to a lithographer in Cupar.

Studios

He established studios in Glasgow from 1849,  then in Hamilton and in Edinburgh.  In Glasgow, he founded the company T & R Annan.  [Who was R Annan?]

Home

In 1864 he lived next door to the explorer, David Livingston, whom he photographed.  Thomas Annan sold cartes de visite of Livingston for a shilling each.  Annan named his house 'Talbot Cottage'
[Bill Buchanan, APIS 2004]

 

Thomas Annan

Photography

Photographic Processes

Thomas Annan worked first with the calotype and later with the collodion process.  [MIT]  

In 1866, he bought the rights to Swan's carbon process in Scotland.  He also used the gravure process.  He was attracted to both of these processes as they produced images that would not fade. 
[Bill Buchanan, APIS 2004]

Copying works of Art

Thomas Annan made copies of many works of art, persuading publishers to use these rather than engravings to illustrate the works of art in their publications.

The Disruption Painting

Thomas Annan also produced engravings from D O Hill's painting of The Disruption.  These were sold in three sizes, the largest being 4 ft wide.  D O Hill added Thomas Annan into his painting, amongst the figures near the door at the top-right on the painting.

Photographic Projects

The City of Glasgow web site lists other photographic projects by Thomas Annan.  These include:

Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow.  These photos recording the housing conditions in Glasgow in the late 1860s were produced for the Glasgow City Improvement Trust

-  the building of Loch Katrine Waterworks, 1859-77

-  portraits of David Livingstone, Horatio McCulloch, Joseph Noel Paton and Daniel MacNee.    [At one time, Thomas Annan lived in Talbot Cottage with David Livingstone his next door neighbour.]

-  Munich painted windows in Glasgow Cathedral, 1867

-  Old Country Houses of the Glasgow Gentry, 1870.

 

T & R Annan & Sons Ltd

The company, T & R Annan & Sons Ltd, was established in 1855.

They were official photographers at the Glasgow Exhibitions of 1888, 1901 and 1911, and received a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria in 1889.

Today, under Douglas Annan, they are Fine Art Dealers.  From their gallery at 164 Woodlands Road, they sell copies of Thomas Annan's photographs.

 

Thomas Annan

Lectures given to Edinburgh Photographic Society

May 1884

Art in Photo Landscapes

 

Further Reading

To find a wide range of references to the work of Thomas Annan and James Craig Annan, please see Scottish Photography - A Bibliography 1839-1989 compiled by Sara Stevenson & AD Morrison-Low   [ISBN 0- 9512533-4-4]

 

The Annan Family

Thomas Annan  -  Photographer

Thomas Annan  -  Engraver

Thomas Annan  -   Exhibitions

John Annan - brother of Thomas

James Craig Annan - 2nd son of Thomas

Old Streets and Closes of Glasgow  -  Background

Old Streets and Closes of Glasgow  -  Photogravures

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page      Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.      At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.            At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photogrpahers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.  Details of who owns the copyright of photographs and other mateiral on this web site.

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Frequently Asked Questions

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