I have a Thomas Douglas carte
de visite, illustrated below, which has these addresses on the back:
Thomas H Douglas
- 1 Hanover Street
- Chamberlain Road, Morningside, Edinburgh
J (or possibly T) Douglas & Son
- 145 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
What was the connection between Thomas H Douglas and J (or T?) Douglas & Son,
that caused both names to appear on the same carte de visite?
John Douglas was a portrait painter and photographer. His
photographic studio was at:
- 145 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (1857-75)
- 108 Renfield Street, Glasgow (1876-83)
- 425 Sauchiehall Street (1886)
From 1866 onwards the business became John Douglas & Son
Photographers of Lanarkshire to 1914 compiled by D Richard
From 1868 onwards the business became J Douglas & Sons
RPS PhotoHistorian Supplement: "Victorian & Edwardian
Photographers in Glasgow Editor: Michael Hallett
Glasgow - 1861 census
The 1861 census for 33 St Georgia Road Glasgow shows:
- John Douglas, 48 Portrait painter, photographer,
born Cotton, Clackmannan
- SON: Watten* Douglas,
25 photographer, born Old Cumnock, Ayrshire
- SON: John Douglas,
19 photographer, born Old Cumnock, Ayrshire
The census also includes details for three other sons (not
photographers): Thomas, 19; Robert, 15; William, 11.
* This is a
mistake. The name should be Walter, not Watten
J Douglas & Son(s)
Who were the sons in the business?
At the time of the 1881 census, six of John Douglas' children were
living with him at 108 Renfield Street, his studio address. Two were
described as photographers. They were William aged 32 and Arthur
However, the 'Son' in the business in 1866 appears to have been another
of John's sons, Walter Douglas.
Andy Gibson tells me that Walter Douglas was the first of
John Douglas' children.
Andy agrees that it is likely that Walter would have been the 'Son' in
John Douglas' business.
Andy Gibson is g.g.g.grandson of John Douglas
January 20, 2006
Walter died in 1868 at 145 Sauchiehall Street, the studio
William may well have been one of the 'Sons' in the business from
1868, but who was the other then. 1860s, but Arthur would only have been
aged 11 then.
William Douglas opened his own studio, briefly, in Glasgow after the
studio of J Douglas & Sons closed. The trade directories list:
1887-88: William Douglas: 51 Buchanan St
AND 46 Mitchell St.
Thank you to Annie, Australia for confirming that the first of these
addresses was a business address and the second, a home address.
NOTE FOR ANNIE (Australia)
Sally E Douglas would like you to contact her. If you read this
and would like to contact her, please email me, then I'll pass on her
email address to you.
- Peter Stubbs: December 6, 2008
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Thank you to Sally Douglas for
sending me the following details about John Douglas who had a studio in
"Here are two pages with illustrations of John
Douglas' carteds de visite taken at his Glasgow studio.
John Douglas: Page 1
Douglas: Page 2
These pages come from 'TheLows Madasafish' web
Sally E Douglas, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: December 23, 2012 (2 emails!)
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