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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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Archibald Burns

His comments on printing skies

Archibald Burns' views on printing skies are expressed in a letter to the South London Photographic Society, published in British Journal of Photography on 16 March 1863.

He wrote:

4, Calton Hill

Edinburgh

10 February 1863

George Wharton Simpson, Esq.,  London

DEAR SIR,  -  In compliance with your note of the 6th inst., I send by this post as many of the card view of Edinburgh as I have ready, viz. two dozen;  and as I expect they will reach you in the course of to-morrow, they will, I hope, be in good time for the South London Society's first meeting.

With regard to a paper for the Society, on obtaining cloud negatives and printing-in skies, I fear I cannot do anything in that way.  What little I do know on the subject is just what has appeared in the News and other journals and a mere compilation by such an indifferent hand would not profitably occupy the time of the South London Photographic Society

The card picture is printed from a stereo. negative obtained by the ordinary Fothergill process very early (about 5a.m.) one morning in June last.  The exposure, with a pair of Horne and Thornthwhaite's small view lenses and small stop, from beginning to end occupied sixty seconds; but the whole plate did not receive so much time, the lens being opened and closed very slowly by a shutter inside the camera, so that the immediate foreground would receive at least double the exposure of the distant castle &c.  In this way I sometimes manage to obtain natural skies;  and in the negative referred to, all the clouds present at the time may be seen in the negative, but too dense to print with the rest of the picture.

I shall send another dozen or two as soon as I can get them ready unless advised to the contrary.

Yours respectfully

ARCHIBALD BURNS

[BJP:  16 March 1963,  p.125]

 

Archibald Burns

Professional Photographer

Archibald Burns began as an amateur photographer in the 1850s or earlier.  He first appeared in the Edinburgh trade directories as a professional photographer in 1867.  His cartes de visite advertised:

"Copies up to life size printed in silver or carbon

& finished in oils or water colour."

 

 

Landscape and Urban Photographer

From 1871, Archibald Burns was a landscape photographer, based who worked from Rock House, which he shared initially with the Annan family in 1871

He took 26 photographs for the Edinburgh Improvement Trust, showing buildings in the old closes between the University and Cowgate, photographed as they were about to be demolished.  He was paid £16 7s 0d for these photographs.  These photographs were published in a book entitled “Picturesque Bits of Old Edinburgh. 

  

Stereo Prints

Stereo photographs of John Knox House, Royal Mile, Edinburgh - by Archibald Burns.

©  Copyright: For permission to reproduce, please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

A stereo pair of photographs by Archibald Burns, showing John Knox House in the Royal Mile, running from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood.  This scene looks very similar today.

 

Archibald Burns  -  Cartes de Visite

Journals

In 1859, Archibald Burns sent some of his stereograms to Photographic News, edited by William Crookes, in 1859.  The article in Photographic News said:

“If we are to take these stereograms as a fair average specimen of his skill, -he deserves to take as high a rank among photographers as his celebrated namesake among poets.”      [PNe:25/11/1859] 

Some examples of Burns' stereotype views of Edinburgh can be found in the Victoria & Albert collection.  Others appear on this site

 

Family

Archibald Burns died, aged 49 on 29 January 1880, at Rock House in Edinburgh.  He was married to Janet Goss.

Father:  Robert Burns, West Machan, Hamilton, Landed Proprietor

Stepfather:  John Findlater

[Death Certificate]

 

 

Archibald Burns

1831-1880

BACKGROUND

Studios  Addresses and Dates

Amateur Photographer

Professional Photographer

Burns' comments on printing skies

BOOK

Albumen Prints

Picturesque 'Bits' from Old Edinburgh

BOOK

13 Photographs

Photographs of Edinburgh
with Distinctive Letter Press 
-  2 editions

PHOTOS

Edinburgh Old Town, 1871

Photos for the Old Town Improvement Trust

PHOTOS

Cartes de Visite

4 views of Edinburgh

Castle from East Gardens

Scott Monument

PHOTOS

Stereo Cards:

Background and Thumbnails

Stereo Views - Inchkeith

Stereo Views - John Knox House

Stereo Views - Other Edinburgh

Stereo Views  [large]  -   John Knox House

Stereo Views  [large]  -  Other Edinburgh

 

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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