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Robert Dykes

1.  Studio to Let

2.  EPS Member

3.  Question - How many 'Robert Dykes'?

 

1.

Studio to Let

Leith Walk Railway Station

The following adverts appeared in 'The Scotsman' newspaper in 1886:

Heritable Property To Let

STUDIO at Leith Walk Railway Station.

Apply Robert Dykes at the Station.

'The Scotsman:  February 11, 1886, p.2

 

Heritable Property To Let

PHOTO STUDO (sic) to let at Leith Walk
Railway Station, with immediate entry

Apply Robert Dykes at the Station.

'The Scotsman:  March 27, 1886, p.10

F Bomont

I have only ever seen one other reference to this studio.  It appeared as an address on the back of one of one of F Bomont's photographs.  There was not date on this photo, but F Bomont was listed in the trade directories as having studios at 75 Princes Street, Edinburgh and 41 Bernard Street, Leith, both in 1889.

Robert Dykes

I don't know whether Robert Dykes, in 1886, was the owner of this studio or the photographer who had been using it, or just acting as an agent for the letting.  I have found no reference to either Robert Dykes or a studio at Leith Walk Railway station in any of the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories.

However, there was a photographer named Robert Dykes who was a member of Edinburgh Photographic Society in the early 1900s  -  possibly the same man?

  

2.

EPS Member

Lecture

Robert Dykes gave a lecture to Edinburgh Photographic Society (EPS) on May 1, 1907 entitled Night Photography.  One of the many topics that he discussed was 'Railway Stations by Night'!

Survey

Robert Dykes took some photos of Old Edinburgh for the EPS Survey Group.

RCAHMS (The Royal Commission on Ancient& Historic Monuments in Scotland) lists the following item in their archive:

Archive No. PA30

PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO. 30:  OLD EDINBURGH

"Album of professional prints, dark red cloth with tan leather spine and edges embossed with pattern and gilt.

Insc: (spine) 'Old Edinburgh 1903 - 4 Dykes', 136 Photographs.  Old Edinburgh.

A Photographic survey of old buildings in and around Edinburgh carried out during the years 1903, 1904 and 1905.

The survey includes places such as Stirling, Dunfermline, Musselburgh, etc. intimately associated with the history of Edinburgh by Robert Dykes, Edinburgh.

Newspaper clippings (inside front cover) December 1904 about the Photographic Society Exhibition from the Evening News.

Album of Prints by the photographer Dyes of Old Edinburgh and the areas listed in the inscription."

Database Search Result from RCAHMS web site

 

3.

Question

- How many 'Robert Dykes'?

Ed McKenna wrote:

"I  wonder if you could satisfy my curiosity about Robert Dykes.

I came across his name during my research into the Edinburgh railway coal trade 1839-1948. He was a coal merchant at Leith Walk station who had the misfortune to be declared bankrupt in 1893 although he seems to have recovered from that set-back.

In the 1901 census he was living in Comiston Road and was described as coal merchant. His name appears in an advertisement in the Scotsman 27/3/1886 as having a photographic studio to let at Leith Walk Station.

I also note that in the early years of the 20th century one Robert Dykes was a leading light in the Edinburgh Photographic Society.

Is this the same man by any chance? If so do you know if any of his photographs have survived?"

Ed McKenna, August 26, 2007

If you can help to determine whether or not the following were all the same person, please e-mail me:

-  the coal merchant at Leith Walk station

-  the person letting the photo studio at Leith Walk station

-  the photographer, EPS lecturer and EPS Survey Group member.

 Thank you.  -  Peter Stubbs;  August 28, 2007

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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

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