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Dr. Joe Rock commented on Clive Friend's blog post Home sought for Industrial Photography Collection
"I notice online that the Caradon Group looked back to the Metal Box Company for its origins (I'm not sure exactly how they came to that conclusion!) so it might be useful to talk to the Berkshire Record Office who hold photographic records…"
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Dr. Joe Rock commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Auction: Jessie Bertram - Hill and Adamson / 24 June 2021
"At £187 each including commission, I think the person who bought them did very well!"
Jun 28
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Auction: Jessie Bertram - Hill and Adamson / 24 June 2021
"I was fortunate enough to be custodian of four prints for 23 years. I found them, mounted on cream coloured card and wrapped up in a bit of brown paper. They were in a cupboard below the stairs in the Fine Art dept. at Edinburgh University, just…"
Jun 28
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Auction: Jessie Bertram - Hill and Adamson / 24 June 2021
"For anyone who has not seen prints by Jessie Bertram, I would say they are the finest prints ever made from the Hill & Adamson negatives. On occasion they are also printed from negatives, for which no other print survives."
May 31
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Auction: early photography at Chiswick Auctions / 28 May 2021
"I suspect that Lot 48 by André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (1819-1889) is a portrait of the 12th Duke of Hamilton. There is an early portrait of him in highland dress in the NPG by another French…"
May 24
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Bobbie Carnegie's blog post Information: Boy in military or civilian uniform?
"I have been asked by Mrs. P. Shryane of the Harrow School Old Boys Association on behalf of the Harrow School Archivist to say that these negatives on sale on ebay "are not being sold by Harrow School" and that they "work hard as an…"
Dec 17, 2020
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Bobbie Carnegie's blog post Information: Boy in military or civilian uniform?
"Brilliant work David! I have written to Harrow just to make sure they know about these images. I suspect they were in a group by the photographer and someone may have de-accessioned them, not realising they contained such really important images."
Dec 14, 2020
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Bobbie Carnegie's blog post Information: Boy in military or civilian uniform?
"Yes, it was Harrow Rifles…"
Dec 14, 2020
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Bobbie Carnegie's blog post Information: Boy in military or civilian uniform?
"I don't think Boys Brigade. The cap badge looks like a Tudor rose with two stakes? I wonder did the school have a boys regiment?"
Dec 14, 2020
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Martyn Jolly's blog post Portrait of Hemi Pomara as a young man: how we uncovered the oldest surviving photograph of a Māori
"Very interesting regarding the Marquess of Northampton. He inherited a spectacular collection, added to it and was deeply interested in art and science. The two portraits of him are by Scots (his wife was Scottish); a big oil by Henry Raeburn and a…"
Jul 14, 2020
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Martyn Jolly's blog post Portrait of Hemi Pomara as a young man: how we uncovered the oldest surviving photograph of a Māori
"Just to add to my previous comment, I am taken with Martyn Jolly's thought that the image may have been made in the Egyptian Hall. The armchair shown is a very simplified and later version of an Egyptian Revival form that became popular after…"
Jul 13, 2020
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Martyn Jolly's blog post Portrait of Hemi Pomara as a young man: how we uncovered the oldest surviving photograph of a Māori
"I hope I am not repeating observations made by others but for what it is worth: The drape and the chair covering appear to be the same cloth. The chair and especially the upholstery looks 'provincial' - not the very stylish French…"
Jul 13, 2020
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"Fascinating building. I suspect health and safety concerns caused a rethink of the high windows running up each end of the building and the elements were strengthened - particularly the horizontal element at waist height. Great bit of research…"
Jun 17, 2020
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"I agree with Geoff, a sort of Bauhaus feel to the architecture. What an intriguing image."
Jun 15, 2020

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John Traill Taylor (1827-1895): an addition to the biography

While working through the British Journal of Photography I came across a reference to John Traill undertaking a photographic expedition to Orkney in June 1860 (listed by Peter Stubbs on his Edinphoto website) . He read a paper on it to the Edinburgh Photographic Society on 17 July 1861, published in the Journal on 1 August p. 269. He had with him a stereo camera and a 12 x 10" plate camera.... but where are his photographs? This is in fact John Traill Taylor, who became editor of…

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Posted on July 28, 2018 at 9:00

James Ross, photographer

While doing some research on the Scottish sculptor, Robert Forrest some years ago, I stumbled on an interesting reference to the photographer James Ross, in the minutes of the Directors of the National Monument on the Calton Hill in Edinburgh (just above the famous 'Rock house' where D. O. Hill and Robert Adamson first set up their business).

I placed the results of my research on my website here:…

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Posted on May 22, 2018 at 15:45

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