John Horsburgh

1835 - 1924



PSS Exhibitions

John Horsburgh entered his photographs in exhibitions staged by the Photographic Society of Scotland in the 1860s.

6th PSS Exhibition, Dec 1861

In the 6th PSS Exhibition, in Dec 1861, John Horsburgh exhibited several portraits including two reverends, a doctor and:

Captain of the 1st Highland Rifle Volunteers

-  Captain of the 2nd Highland Rifle Volunteers

-  Pipers in uniform of No 2 Company

His cartes de visite were described as "above average quality"

[The Scotsman:  1/1/1862]

9th PSS Exhibition, Dec 1864

John Horsburgh exhibited 15 photographs and 144 cartes de visite in the 1864 PSS Exhibition.


Photographs Studios

John Horsburgh and his son, John A Horsburgh, had photographic studios in Edinburgh from 1861 until 1916. 

Here they produced cartes de visite photographs, on cards with in many different styles of back, including a Royal Coat of Arms, an illustration of a hand holding the sun, a female figure and two cherubs and one holding a large old camera. 

From 1861, John Horsburgh advertised:

"Portrait painter and photographer.

Small photos enlarged to life-size portraits,

and  finished in Oils, Water Colours and Crayons.”

In 1881, John Horsburgh advertised:  

“Patronised by Her Majesty the Queen,

 and by HRH the Duke of Connaught”



Photographs  in Collections

Ann E Jones, Heriot-Watt University wrote:

"At Heriot-Watt University we hold HWC8/3/1 1900 The Heriot-Watt College Volume of 22 prints by John Horsburgh, 4 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh."

Heriot Watt University also holds two paintings by Horsburgh.



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