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William Crooke

William Crooke  -  A photograph that appeared beside Crooke's obituary in the British Journal of Photography on 31 August 1928

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Obituary in BJP

1848 - 1928

William Crooke was born in Ireland.  He had a long career as a professional photographer, and renowned for his work from his  studio in Princes Street, Edinburgh. 

He died, aged almost 80, on 23 August 1928.  His photograph and obituary were printed in the British Journal of Photography the following week.  Here are some extracts from the obituary:

"The world of portrait photographers loses one of its greatest figures in the passing of Mr William Crooke."

"To the new generation of photographer, Mr Crooke may perhaps be little known but those whose memory runs back for twenty years or more, when Mr Crooke was at the height of his photographic activity will have an appreciation of the achievements which have distinguished Mr Crooke as an outstanding member of the photographic profession and have earned him the designation of the "Raeburn of Photography."

 

William Crooke remained a member of the Professional Photographers' Association into  his retirement, and was a regular contributor to the London Salon until 1925.

The obituary described him as having a wide artistic interests and a delightful personality.  It commented on his portraiture photography:

"His portraiture exhibited a characteristic conservatism.  He would not employ any process that would not stand the test of time, and thus used platinotype and carbon only, printing by contact from negatives taken direct upon large plates."

"His awards for portraiture gained at important exhibitions amounted, it is believed, to a greater number than can be credited ot any other photographer of his time."

 

[BJP 31 Aug 1928, p.532]

 

Further Comments in BJP

1928

Tour of America

The week after publishing William Crooke's obituary, the BJP published a note from H Walter of Barnet, who had known William Crooke since 1897.

H Walter described a tour that the two photographers made to the US in 1910, travelling together from Liverpool in the ill-fated ship, Lusitania.

This was William Crooke's only visit to America, and included visits to New  York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, St Luis, Chicago, Buffalo, Niagara (ice bound) and Rochester.  They were given two days' hospitality by Kodak and were entertained to lunch by George Eastman.

Crooke's Photography

Commenting on William Crooke's photography, H Walter said

"His work had not the strength of the American school, but was distinguished by a charm which he imposed upon his women sitters and a fine dignity upon his men, who were mainly made up of well  known lawyers, doctors and politicians resident in Scotland."

Crooke's Other Interests

H Walter also commented on William Crooke's house, Craigcrook, at Dunbar, romantically situated overlooking the North Sea and Berwick Law, his lifetime membership of the Scottish Conservative Club and his enjoyment of the game of golf.

[BJP 7 September 1928, p.549]

 

 

William Crooke

William Crooke - Photographed by Walter Barnett

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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