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Ovinius Davis

 

Studios

Ovinius Davis had studios in:

            -  Glasgow (1866 to1908) and 

            -  Edinburgh (1881 to 1928).

The firm claimed to have been established in 1850 - but where? And under what name?

They produced photos in many sizes including Gem cartes de visite and cabinet prints.

Here are Cabinet Prints by Ovinius Davis.  The subjects are two of his apprentices, both of whom went on to run their own photographic businesses:

Shop Front Preserved

Thank you to Mike Melrose, Greenbank, Edinburgh, who wrote:

Glasgow Transport Museum

"I  just caught this on the BBC Scottish News on TV at 6.30pm today.

The Glasgow Transport Museum is about to re-open.  They have a Victorian Street as part of one of the exhibits.  I noticed that it includes an Ovinius Davis Shop Front.

The piece said the  shops were saved when demolition was taking place, and moved from their original location to the museum."

Mike Melrose, Greenbank, Edinburgh:  June 1, 2011

 

Shop Front Preserved

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Ovinius Davis Studio

I visited the Glasgow Transport Museum last week.  The Museum is now in a new home beside the Clyde, near where the River Kelvin joins the Clyde.  It is now known as 'Riverside Museum.

The Museum includes three streets, each representing a period of history:

-  1895 to 1930

-  1930 to 1960

-  1960 - 1980s

I found the Ovinius Davis studio in the first of these streets.

The name on the window read:

OVINIUS DAVIS

PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

On one of the walls inside the studio, there  was this notice:

OVINIUS DAVIS

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR SPECIALTIES IN ARTISTIC PORTRAITURE

22 Main Street, Point House, Glasgow

and Regent Street, London

and all principalities and towns in the kingdom

PORTRAITS

At home, Outdoors, or in Studio

MINIATURES

Exquisitely coloured for brooches, lockets, cases, &c.

PHOTOGRAPHY

of every description, reduced or enlarged, and printed by first class artists

FIRST CLASS CARTES-DE-VISITE

Vignettes:      7s 6d per dozen

Full Length      5s0d per dozen

MINIATURES

Exquisitely coloured for brooches, lockets, cases, &c.

Prize  Medals,  Awards for Merit,  Royal Patronage,  Worldwide Reputation

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 30, 2012

 

Two of Ovinius Davis'
Apprentices

George Henderson Laing

George Hamilton Laing  -  Professional photographer

©  Reproduced by courtesy of William Laing, Perth

George Henderson Laing, born 1887 was one of thirteen children - ten boys and three girls.  He was aged about 14 and apprenticed to Ovinius Davis when the photograph above was taken.

He later worked for Drummond Shields at Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, and finally owned his own business at Greendykes Road, Broxburn West Lothian, c.1922 - c.1934.

George Henderson Laing had 4 children:

1.  George Henderson Laing, b.1912 or 1913, married in Ayrshire, 1942 to Janet Livingstone Kerr.

2.  Blanche Laing, b.1914 or 1915.  She worked for photographer George Halliburton Balmain, son of JCH Balmain, the founder of the business which still traded under his name.

3.  William Laing, b.1921, and now living in Perth, 2006.  It is William who has provided me whit the Laing family details and photographs on this page.  Thank you William!

4. Norman Thomson Laing.  He was named Norman after his father's apprentice photographer Norman Thomson, pictured above.

[William Laing]

Thank you to Karen Kerr-Trudeau, Canada for telling me that:

-  George Henderson Laing was born in 1913.

-  He married Janet Livingston Kerr, daughter of George Kerr and Jane Livingstone.

[Karen Kerr-Trudeau, Canada]

Karen has been researching this branch of the family.  (George Kerr's brother was Karen's grandfather.)  If you have any information about the family that you would like me to pass on to Karen, please e-mail me.  Thank you .  -  Peter Stubbs  March 17, 2007

Norman Thomson

Norman Thomson  -  Professional photographer

©  Reproduced by courtesy of William Laing, Perth

Norman Thomson worked for Ovinius Davis at the same time as George Henderson Laing.  He later became one of the Thomson Brothers who ran a photographic business at 5 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh from 1910.

[William Laing]

 

Advertisement

In 1904, Ovinius Davis advertised:

“Cabinet prints 30/- per dozen, 

Sansortypes and “Princess portraits” from 6s.6d.”   

'Sansortype' appears at the foot of some of the company's cabinet prints.

Please click below to see one of Ovinius Davis' cartes de visite.

 

 

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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 photographers  -  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.

 

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.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks