James Howie was the first photographer to set up a studio in Princes Street.
The exact date that the studio was established is not clear.
The adverts on
the back of his cartes-de-visite originally said
several years later, after producing about 30,000 portraits, he changed this to
suggests a date of 1841, but gives no source for this date.
Further research is needed.
would be interesting to find the exact date that Howie opened his first studio
in Princes Street and, in
particular, whether it could have been before spring 1841 – the date when
Gernsheim states that Europe’s first public portrait studio was on the rooftop
of the Royal Polytechnic Institution in London.
in his view looking to the North, from the recently constructed Scott
Monument in 1845.
Howie's Rooftop Studio