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John Moffat

and his

Studios

 

Moffat's Studio  -  126 Princes Street 

Moffat studio  -  126 Princes Street

©  Reproduced by courtesy of Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services.

 

Studio in the 1890s

John Moffat advertised: 

“The negative of this photograph is preserved and can be reduced for the smallest locket or enlarged up to life size and finished in oil or water colours.”

In 1894, Frank Pelham Moffat took over the Moffat business following his father’s death.  In 1895, he enlarged and improved the studio at 125 Princes Street.  Electric incandescent light was installed for portraiture, but later this was discarded in favour of the arc lamp.    [BJP11, p219]

In 1904, three floors of 126 Princes Street were bought and combined with 125 to make a single house comprising 3 reception rooms, glass studios, operating rooms, printing rooms and enlarging rooms.    [ST]. 

Marshall Wane's Studio and John Moffat's Studio  -  1892

A  correspondent in The Practical Photographer in 1892 referred to the studios of  Marshall Wane  and John Moffat.  He said:

"There will always be a hankering after photography in colours, and to further cultivate the demand, Mr Marshall Wane and Mr J Moffat have some very fine specimens of this art, quite different from what has "gone before"; you can not see the brush marks.

The colours and tints are naturally studied and near the idea as one could wish.  This description of work is only for the upper crush, the lower crush must be content to look on.

The Studio in 1904

John Moffat’s Studios remained at 126 Princes Street until 1962.  Here is a description from 1904:

“The well known electric and day-light studios for portraiture, including a special studio with toys for photographing children.  Moffats has a stock of 300,000 negatives including some old views of Edinburgh.  Specialists in group work, “at home”  and outdoor photography.  Also miniatures, water colour paintings and oil paintings, either from life or from a photograph, by AE Moffat”    [IA]

 

 

The 20th Century

Moffat Studio  -  126 Princes Street

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126 Princes Street

Moffat 'Photographer of Children' remained at this address until from 1873 until 1962.

At one time, there were over 100,000 negatives (or 300,000 if the quote above is correct) in the Moffat Collection, but these had reduced to 10,000 by the time the firm was taken over by ER Yerbury.  John Moffat, great grandson of John Moffat the photographer, was unsuccessful in attempting to trace these in the 1990s.    [JM]

 

 

 

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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