~ Heirloom Photograph ~

On the back of the original frame was a note written by my Grandfather, George Sutherland Low (1884-1957): In Glen Tilt ~ Perthshire Scotland, by Charles Reid ~ Gold Medal ~  London Exposition of Photography


I’ve always loved this photograph, which we lovingly called “Highland Sheep,” when I was growing up. It is now in my studio newly matted and framed with museum glass to protect it.


If you have any information on Charles Reid, please feel free to send it along to me!  Here’s what I’ve gleaned so far.

Charles Reid (Scottish, active 1880 – 1900)

Born 1838 in the Aberdeenshire market town Turriff, Reid appears to have spent the majority of his career as a professional photographer in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. He gave lectures to the Edinburgh Photographic Society in the 1880s and 1890s and published an article ‘Some Notes on Animal Photography’ in the journal ‘The Practical Photographer’ 1895. http://prints.nationalgalleries.org/artist/34360/charles-reid

Charles Reid (1838-1929) was a noted Scottish photographer. The 1881 census reported that he was married and had seven kids. His eldest, Charles, was fourteen years old and worked as Reid’s assistant. In 1877  Reid conducted his business in New Pitsligo. Between 1882 and 1900, Reid operated a studio on Young Street in Wishaw. Reid is well known for the many wildlife photographs that he produced. He lectured the Edinburgh Photographic Society on animal and bird photography in 1882, 1890, and 1896. He produced a book, Animal Studies, published in 1901. His son, Charles, took over the studio from his father. Later, an Andrew Reid, became the proprietor. Perhaps he was the elder Charles Reid’s grandson.  https://cabinetcardgallery.wordpress.com/category/photographer-reid/

http://www.edinphoto.org.uk has a great photo of Charles Reid and a couple photographs very much in the genre of this one.

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4 Responses to ~ Heirloom Photograph ~

  1. Lovely photograph! 🙂 The apple did not fall far from the tree, thank goodness! 🙂

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      Thanks, Tom! My grandfather did not photograph this, but did pass it along to my Dad and now it is in my care. Grandfather painted as a hobby, so perhaps some of that came to me!

  2. A wonderful heirloom

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