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James Howie

1791-1858

Early Photographer

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Animal and Portrait Painter

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Daguerreotype Exhibition - 1839

Professional Photographer - 1840?

 

 Animal & Portrait Painter

James Howie

James Howie was born in Brechin, Forfarshire in 1791.

 [Obituary: The Scotsman: 29 Dec 1858]

He moved to Edinburgh, becoming an animal and portrait painter in 1823, based first at 8 North Bridge, then at several addresses in Princes Street.

He exhibited around a dozen paintings at the Royal Scottish Academy exhibitions between 1823 and 1834.

Here is one of his later paintings.

A painting of a hores by the early Edinburgh photographer and artist, James Howie. ©

James Howe

NOTE:  Do not confuse this James Howie, Animal and Portrait Painter and early photographer, with the more famous Edinburgh Portrait, Animal and Historical Painter, James Howe (1780-1836).

In fact, James Howe sometimes signed himself, James Howe. [John Malden, The Paxton Trust, Berwick-upon-Tweed]

James Howe was born in Skirling, Peeblesshire.  He was apprenticed to the Norie family in Edinburgh.  He travelled to London in 1806 but failed to get royal patronage so returned to Edinburgh where he worked for most of his career.

He painted animal subjects and also huge panoramas of the Battle of Waterloo and Quatre Bras.

Notes on James Howe (above) are taken from catalogues of City of Edinburgh Art Collection.

 

Neighbours in Princes Street

Nos 64, 65, 66

In the late 1830s, James Howie had lived for several years at 64 Princes Street, an address that he shared with a saddler, a watchmaker and a firm of hatters.  At No 65 was a surgeon dentist, a firm of dyers and the engraver Robert Scott.

Two doors to the west of Howie, at No 66 lived a bird-stuffer.  He  was a freed Guyanan slave  (though possibly African in origin) named John Edmonstone, who for an hour every day for two months, for a charge of one guinea, showed Charles Darwin how to skin and dry birds.

Please see here for further details of John Edmonstone.

 [Ref:  Charles Darwin Voyaging, p.66 by Janet Browne:  Acknowledgement: Fraser MacLean]

No 68

In 1841, James Howie moved to No 68 Princes Street, an address that he shared with a fishing tackle maker, stay maker, watchmaker, writing master and dentist.  He remained at this address for only about a year before moving to 45 Princes Street where he opened his rooftop studio.

 

Daguerreotype Exhibition - 1839

In 1839, the same year as Talbot and Daguerre announced their discoveries of photography, James Howie had begun to make daguerreotypes. 

He placed an advertisement in The Scotsman  on 15 October 1839, announcing the opening of an exhibition of his work at 64 Princes Street.

ADVERTISEMENT FOR 1839 EXHIBITION

Mr Howie, artist, 64 Princes Street, begs leave respectfully to inform the Nobility, Gentry and Public, that he has succeeded in producing some beautiful specimens in the above 

NEW ART on SILVER, 

the first public exhibition of its kind in Scotland

[The Scotsman:  15 October 1839]

 

 

Professional Photographer - from 1840?

Princes Street Studio

James Howie was the first photographer to set up a studio in Princes Street.  The exact date that the studio was established is not clear.

Further Research Needed

The adverts on the back of his cartes-de-visite originally said “Established 1839” but several years later, after producing about 30,000 portraits, he changed this to read “Established 1840”.  This change seems to have occurred some time between negative  26311 and negative 34158, but I don't know the dates of these two negatives. 

In his book, History of Photography, Gernsheim suggests a date of 1841, but gives no source for this date.  Further research is needed.

It would be interesting to find the exact date that Howie opened his first studio in Princes Street and, in particular, whether it could have been before spring 1841 – the date when Gernsheim states that Europe’s first public portrait studio was on the rooftop of the Royal Polytechnic Institution in London.

Rooftop Studio  -  1845

Ebsworth featured James Howie's rooftop studio in his view looking to the North, from the recently constructed Scott Monument in 1845.

Howie's Rooftop Studio

45 Princes Street

   James Howie's rooftop studio ©

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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