The death of Alexander Ayton jun. was
announced in the January 1895 edition of The Practical Photographer.
The journal reported:
ALEXANDER AYTON JUN
The sudden death, by heart disease, of Mr
Alexander Ayton, jun., the Edinburgh photographer has been a shock to all
who were acquainted with him.
He died about 5 o'clock on November 23rd,
while preparing for a holiday in the Highlands.
As a photographer he was well known for
his high-class work, especially with the electric light. With
football, cricket and tennis groups he was singularly successful.
From his studio many graceful and charming
studies have emanated, especially in regard to family groups and
As a man, he was generous and kindly, and much
respected by all who knew him. He occupied the presidency of
Edinburgh Photographic Society, in which he took an active interest.
Mr Ayton had collected together what is
probably the largest private library of photographic books in existence,
numbering over 3,000 volumes.
Many rarities of the earlier inventors and
authors are among them.
At the actual moment of death, the deceased
was in the act of drawing a book from the bookcase.
The business will be carried on by his
brother, Mr Robert Ayton.
Mr Alexander Ayton Senr.
is still in the profession in Londonderry.
The Practical Photographer, January 1895, p.21