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Kenneth MacLeay  RSA

Kenneth McLeay  RSA  [in some directories]

1802-1878

Kenneth MacLeay RSA

Kenneth MacLeay RSA  -  Calotype by Hill & Adamson

  Reproduced by courtesy of Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services

Kenneth MacLeay RSA

Kenneth MacLeay - seated  -  Calotype by Hill & Adamson

  Reproduced by courtesy of Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services

The two photographs of Kenneth MacLeay above are calotypes taken by Hill & Adamson between 1843 and 1847.  These are from the Edinburgh City Library collection.

The Victoria & Albert Museum, London,  also has a copy of a Hill & Adamson calotype of Kenneth MacLeay wearing a kilt.

Miniature Painter and Portrait Painter

Kenneth McLeay was born in Oban, Scotland,  in 1802.  He studied at the trustees' Academy in Edinburgh  He was a Foundation Associate Member of the Scottish Academy  -  and became RSA from 1839

He was a chiefly a watercolour portrait painter, producing both miniature  and full size portraits.  He is recorded as a portrait painter in the Edinburgh trade directories from 1822 until 1878, living at twelve different addresses over this period. 

He also produce a series of watercolours of the Highland Clans for the Royal Family, published in 1870.

Kenneth MacLeay exhibited photographs in many of the PSS Exhibitions from 1856 to 1864.  He became a professional photographer from 1859 to 1863.  

 

Photographs in Exhibitions  -  and Prices

4th PSS Exhibition, Dec 1859

One of the photographs entered in the 4th PSS Exhibition by Kenneth MacLeay was 'Portrait of a Young Lady'.

The Press wrote:

"This work displays unusually fine qualities.  It is painted with breadth and unaffected power, yet tenderness of feeling that lift it far above ordinary competition."
[Evening News:  24 December 1859]

In a letter to PSS dated 22 December 1859, written in connection with the 4th PSS Exhibition, Kenneth MacLeay lists the prices of his portraits:

Plain Photographs

1st size   -  no hands                  10s 6d

2nd size  -  with hands               15s 0d

3rd size   -  half length          1    1s  0d

4th size   -  whole length      1  11s 6d

Plain copies of the  first 3 sizes  -  5/- each

Plain copies of the 4th size  -  7/6 each.

Painted Photographs - including price of the negative

1st size  -  tinted           2    2s  0d

1st size  -  finished      3  13s  6d

2nd size  -  tinted         2  17s  0d

2nd size  -  finished    4   19s  0d

3rd size  -  tinted         3   13s  6d

3rd size  -  finished     6     6s  0d

4th size  -  tinted        5  15s   6d

4th size  -  finished    8   18s  6d

4th size  -  in uniform or highland dress            10   10s  0d

Miniatures for Bracelets, Lockets, etc.  
                                                      -  smallest size   6    6s   0d

5th PSS Exhibition, February 1861

Kenneth MacLeay exhibited 3 tinted collodion portraits.

Family

Kenneth MacLeay died on November 3, 1878 in Edinburgh.

Source:  Article:  'Royal Scottish Academy -Election of Associates' .in 'The Scotsman', November 14, 1878, Page 4.  Thank you to Greg Drake for advising me of this article.

Kenneth MacLeay was widower of Louisa Campbell.

Father:  Kenneth MacLeay  -  Doctor of Medicine.

Mother: ?

[Death Certificate]

 

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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

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