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D & W Prophet

Family and Business

David Prophet and his Sons

The photographer, David Prophet (born c.1828) and his sons established a photography business at 59 Wellgate in 1880.

The  business appears to have passed to the two sons,  David (born c.1856) and William (born c.1863) in 1886

David & William added a second studio at 23 High Street, Dundee, 8 years later.

The next generation

William Prophet died in 1932 and the business was carried on by James Prophet until the 1960's.   James Prophet died in 1970. 

School Photographs

D&W Prophet to have taken a large number of photographs of school classes around Scotland, probably from around the late-19th century until the 1960s.

Unfortunately, many of these photos that I have seen do not identify the school, the class or the year that the photograph was taken. 

The names printed on the mounts of my D&W Prophet photos of school classes are:

D&W Prophet    Edinburgh & Dundee
Edinburgh classes, various dates.

-  D&W Prophet     Dundee
Edinburgh class, dated 1961.

Source for dates of birth:  1881 census

Source for continuation of business by James:  Local History Dept., Dundee Central Library

Source for business details:  Photographers in NE Scotland to 1914  [D Richard Torrance]

Update

Thank you to Gordon Allan for telling me that he has a  D&W Prophet photo, giving this address:

-  D&W Prophet     487 Shields Road, Glasgow
Falkirk class, 1958

Studios in Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh

D&W Prophet were listed in the Edinburgh trade directories only from 1906 until 1910, though they continued to take photographs, particularly of school classes until at least the 1960s.

Here are the other addresses that I have for their studios up to 1914.

Studios in Dundee

1878 John  R Prophet 58 + 59 Wellgate, Dundee

Described on carte de visite as

58 1/2 + 59 Wellgate, Dundee

1880-1886 David Prophet & Sons 59 Wellgate, Dundee
1886-1914+ David & William Prophet 59 Wellgate, Dundee
1884-1914+ David & William Prophet 23, High Street, Dundee

[DR Torrance]

Studios in Perth

1882-1885 Messrs Prophet 30 George Street, Perth

[DR Torrance]

Studios in Edinburgh

1906-1910 D&W Prophet 9 South St Andrew Street
1908-1910 D&W Prophet 11 South St Andrew Street

 

Thank you to Alana Lawrence who wrote:

Perth and Dundee

"I have a photo from Messrs Prophet giving studio addresses in both the Perth and Dundee -  30 George Street and 58 + 59 Wellgate"

John Reid Prophet

"There was another son, John Reid Prophet.  In 1871 and lived with his grandmother in Dundee.

 He died aged 27 years 7 months.  by drowning in 1878.  He tragically drowned while bathing in the sea.  His death record says that he was in the water 3 quarters of an hour and died opposite the Golf Club house Carnoustie.

His Last Will and Testament  is on 'Scotland's People' website, but I didn't look at it.  It would have cost me 5.

He was a photographer who must have been older then the other sons (also photographers).   I would say that he was running the business in Dundee at 58 1/2 - 59 Wellgate, maybe as an extension of the Perth family Business."

Alana Lawrence, Australia:  May 22 + 23, 2007

 

'Old Man Prophet'

Thank you to Lesley Fiedler, Tasmania, Australia, for  the following message:

Lesley wrote:

The Photograph

"You know what?   My Dad used to work with 'Old Man Prophet' as he was called by my Dad.   He was possibly from the same firm.

In Glasgow my father was a commercial photographer who did dinner  dances, balls, wedding, etc.    Mr Prophet did all the school ones.  He was a tall, thin, old man.   He lived at 485 Shields Rd, Pollokshields, Glasgow.

I often had to go there with glass plates for him.  His rooms were full of photographic stuff, as was our house.  I would  also get  plates for my Dad when I was at Lizars.

Lesley Fiedler, Tasmania, Australia:  October 11, 2006

 

 

D & W Prophet

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1881 Census

Family and Business

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Platinotype Photograph

 

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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

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