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James Bacon & Sons

Later, James Bacon & Sons Ltd

Trades

Until 1934, James Bacon & Sons were described in the Edinburgh trade directories as: Photographers & Miniature Painters.

From 1935  onwards, James Bacon & Sons Ltd were described in these directories as:  Photographers

Addresses

The address given in the trade directories for James Bacon & Sons and later for the limited company was 130 Princes Street for about 35 years from 1917, and 101a Princes Street for one year only, 1921.

However at a Meeting of the Edinburgh Professional Photographers' Association in 1918, their address was given as Hanover Street.

The Business

Thank you to Jim Rothery of Edinburgh for the following recollections of James Bacon & Son.  Jim has had a life-long interest in photography. He worked as a messenger for James Bacon & Son in 1929.

Jim wrote:

1.

Edinburgh Studio

"On the first floor above street level there was a Reception Room with two glass show cases containing photos.  The reception room led into the studio.

The photographer was Mr Thomson.  He lived with his wife in a flat above his studio at 130 Princes Street.  He also visited some of the larger houses in Edinburgh to photograph weddings, travelling with his large box camera by public transport.

The company also employed an elderly gentleman who did the processing, a receptionist, a typist and three ladies who did the  retouching.  (Jim Rothery also helped with some of the retouching work.)

James Bacon & Sons also had another business, probably in Newcastle"

2.

Newcastle  Studios

Yes, Jim, James Bacon & Sons also had studios in Newcastle.  They were at these addresses from 1881 onwards:

1881-1882

J Bacon

87 Northumberland Street

1883-1886

J Bacon

105 Northumberland Street

1887-1894

J Bacon

81 Northumberland Street

1895-1920
or later ***

J Bacon & Sons

81 Northumberland Street

***  In fact, it was considerably later.  See comments below

 

Warwick Brown wrote to me:

3.

Newcastle-on-Tyne and Liverpool

"I came across a portrait of myself, aged 2, taken in July 1941 at the James Bacon & Sons Studio at 81 Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.

On the reverse, there is mention of what was presumably the only other Branch at that date.   This was at 17 + 19 Basnett Street, Liverpool. 

The picture is mounted on stiff brown card and appears to be B&W somewhat tinted in a cream colour.

Warwick Brown, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, England: February 26, 2011

Richard A Mertl added:

4.

Liverpool, Edinburgh, Newcastle-on-Tyne and Leeds

"I have a photo of my grandfather  by J Bacon & Sons, dating from around 1910-20.  It has the following note on the back;

James Bacon & Sons:

17-19 Basnett Street, Liverpool

Also at:

130 Princes Street, Edinburg

81 Northumberland Street, Newcastle-on-Tyne

38, Commercial Street, Leeds"

Richard A Mertl, Canada:  September 4, 2011

Acknowledgements

 Source of info for Newcastle studios:  PhotoHistorian Supplement No 117
 'Professional Photographers in Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland  1873-1920'

Published by the Historical Group of the Royal Photographic Society  ISSN 0957-0209.

Thank you also to Richard Baker for showing me a photograph of his Great Grand Mother, taken by James Bacon, 81 Northumberland Street, Newcastle on Tyne, probably in the 1890s.

Thank you to Richard A Mertl, Canada

 

James Bacon & Sons

Portraits

Thank you to Frank Gadberry for allowing me to reproduce two of his James Bacon & Sons portraits, and the back of the frame for one of them.

Hand Tinted Photo Etching Portrait by James Bacon & Sons The back of a Hand Tinted Photo Etching ortrait by James Bacon & Sons Hand Tinted Photo Etching Portrait by James Bacon & Sons

 

James Bacon & Sons

Portrait on Silk

Thank you to Alan Taylor for allowing me to reproduce the photo 1 below, and ot Peter Byrne for allowing me to reproduce photos 2 and 3 below.

1.

   James Bacon & Sons - Portrait on silk of a 1920s lady

2.

   Portrait on silk by James Bacon & Sons

3.

   Portrait on silk by James Bacon & Sons

 

James Bacon & Sons

Photo-Lithograph

Thank you to Ian Barker for allowing me to reproduce the image below.  This was the original image from which 'Portrait in Silk 3' above was made

3.

   Portrait on silk by James Bacon & Sons

 

James Bacon & Sons

Pewter Portraits

Question

Here is a query that I received by email from Canada in December 04:

Hammered Pewter Portrait

"We have recently inherited a hammered pewter portrait which we believe was done circa 1933 by James Bacon & Sons.

Do you have any idea of the value of such a portrait?  It is approximately 5" x 8".  The subject of the portrait is my father's sister as a young girl at about 3 years of age.

We were also  wondering whether this type of work is still being done and if so, if you have a contact in that regard."

If you can help to answer it, please email me.  Thank you.

 

Reply

1.

Kathleen Tulip

Thank you to Kathleen Tulip for sending me this appealing picture by James Bacon.

Kathleen wrote:

Portrait

"I have a beautiful picture/lithograph/ etching/photograph of a young girl by J Bacon:

Portrait by J Bacon of a girl with a book, suurrounded by fairies and goblins

I purchased it in a sale from a very posh house in Newcastle, England.  The owners had been in shipping.

As you can see, the girl is surrounded by goblins and fairies.  The girl's eyes are absolutely beautiful.

Kathleen Tulip:  April 7 + April 14, 2013

Please click on the thumbnail image above to enlarge it.

 

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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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