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Ross & Thomson

Studios

James Ross entered into partnership first with John Thomson from 1848 until 1864, and possibly over a longer period.  Their studio addresses are given below.

In 1848, John Thomson took over the daguerreotype business of Thomas Davidson #

Lecture to EPS on early photography in Edinburgh by the Edinburgh Librarian, C S Minto.

From June 1849, Ross & Thomson were awarded the Royal Warrant “Photographers to the Queen” .  [NLSR]

The last three of these addresses did have been taken from the back of cartes de visite.  As there was no entry for Ross & Thomson at any of these three addresses in the Edinburgh trade directories, I cannot say when the partnership worked from these addresses.  Calton Hill, however, is likely to have been towards the beginning of their partnership.

1848-64

90 Princes Street

1856-58

80 Princes Street

?

_ Calton Hill

?

10 Greenside Street

?

_ Lothian Road

 

 

Ross & Thomson

Photographs

In 1850 the press reported that Ross & Thomson had exhibited "the first British albumen photograph taken by a modified method of their own"., at the British Association meeting in Aberdeen.

 

Ross & Thomson

Paris Exhibition  -  1855

Award to Ross & Thomson

Ross & Thomson received Honourable Mentions in the 1855 Paris Exhibition for their daguerreotype entry.

John Hannavy reports that Ross & Thomson were:

-  the only Scottish photographers to exhibit.

-  one of only 3 British photographers to exhibit daguerreotypes, the others being Claudet and another London photographer. of only three British photograph

Source:  Exhibition Catalogue - British Section  -  Acknowledgement to John Hannavy and Roger Taylor

Other Awards at the Paris Exhibition

British photographers receiving awards in the 1855 Paris Exhibition were:

Grand Medal of Honour:

H F Talbot

Silver Medals

J A F Claudet,
R Fenton,
J D Llewellyn,
Maxwell Lyte,
Count de Montizon,
Robertson,
Shelock,
C Thompson,
H White.

Bronze Medals

P H Delamotte,
H W Diamond,
W T Kingsley,
Lamb,
O G Rejlander,
B B Turner,
F Townshend,
H R Williams

Honourable Mentions

J E Myall,
W J Newton,
Reade,
Ross & Thomson,
West,
Wilks.

  

Source:  Journal of the Photographic Society;   21 Dec 1855,  page 217,

 

Ross & Thomson

Edinburgh Exhibitions

1st PSS Exhibition, Dec 1856

Ross & Thomson exhibited 44 photographs including:

22 Daguerreotypes

-  7 stereoscopic views

Speaking of one of their entries, the Press enthused:

“He has a poor taste indeed who will not at once admit its immense superiority, even as a picture over every other in the room, and especially over the coloured abominations we have been noticing.   It is above any of Claudet’s hanging beside it in vigour and relief; and even in tone it is superior.”        [DE:6/1/1857]

2nd Art Manufactures Exhibition, Dec 1857

Ross & Thomson exhibited ... [I have to check exactly what they exhibited.]

5th PSS Exhibition, Feb 1861

John Ross exhibited two portraits in the 5th PSS Exhibition in 1861.

1890 EPS Exhibition

John Ross exhibited platinotype photographs of interiors in the 1890 EPS Exhibition.

[Source:  1856 and 1890 = Exhibition Catalogues.  Other years = contemporary Scottish newspapers]

 

Photographs in Exhibitions  1839 to 1865

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Ross & Thomson

Other British Exhibitions

London - Great Exhibition - 1851

Frames of Tablotype pictures and negatives on albumenised glass.

London Society of Arts - 1852

17 photos on albumenised glass, most being views in and around Edinburgh.

Aberdeen Mechanics' Institution - 1853

-  49 calotypes, including many landscapes

-  4 Daguerreotype portraits

-  1 Stereoscopic view of draught players

Society of Arts  1st Tour  -  1853-54

-  1 landscape (Melrose Abbey)

Dundee Royal Infirmary Fund - 1854

-  2 albumenised landscapes (Edinburgh))

London Society of Arts - 1854

-  3 albumen on glass (Scottish landscapes)

-  3 collodion (Scottish landscapes)

-  1 collodion (portrait)

Society of Arts  2nd Tour  -  1854

-  1 albumised glass (Melrose Abbey)

Society of Arts  3rd Tour  -  1855-56

1st set:   1 albumised glass (Melrose Abbey)

2nd set:  1 albumised glass (Melrose Abbey)

London Society of Arts - 1858

-  37 collodion (mostly Scottish landscapes)

-  1 collodion (portrait)

British Association, Aberdeen - 1859

-  39 collodion (mostly plants and leaves)

Glasgow - 1859

-  35 collodion (mostly plants and leaves, a few views)

London - 1859

-  4 collodion (mostly plants and leaves, a few views)

London - 1860

-  4 collodion (mostly plants and leaves, a few views)

London International Exhibition  - 1862

-  cartes de visite

-   2 portraits

London - 1863

-  1 collodion

London - 1864

-  4 collodion

[Source:  Photographs exhibited in Britain 1839-1855 (Roger Taylor)]

 

Ross & Thomson

Photographs in Collections

Early photographs by Ross & Thomson are held by The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Commission of Ancient & Historic Monuments in Scotland, and in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.

 

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James Ross  cartes de visite

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James Ross  censuses

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James Ross  obituary

James Ross  at Calton Hill

James Ross  EPS Lectures

James Ross  retiral

James Ross  printing methods

James Ross  Isle of Wight question

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Ross & Pringle

Ross & Thomson

Ross & Thomson  adverts

Ross & Thomson  cartes de visite

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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