Fonds PHO-C26. - Coltart Collection

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Coltart Collection

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  • [ca.1860] - 1920. (Creation)

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36 b&w photographs.

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Biographical history

Little biographical information pertaining to the donors and original owners of these photographs is available. It is known that the grandmother of donor Isabelle Coltart was a Mrs. Thomas Haining (nee Margaret Armstrong) who died near Dumfries, Scotland in 1890, aged 64. A significant portion of the photographer's imprints are from places in the south of Scotland (predominantly Dumfries and Ayr) which suggests that many photographs may have belonged to Isabelle Coltart's grandmother.

Custodial history

These photographs were donated to the museum by Christine and Isabelle Coltart (niece and aunt respectively) between 1986 and 1992. These photographs came to the museum in two accessions - PHO-C26.1-9 & 36 donated in 1987; and C26.10-35 donated in 1992.

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The bulk of the collection, 24 photographs, consists of cartes de visites portraits of men and women, alone and in groups, and one child. All are ca.1865 - 1875. Some of the subjects appear in more than one photograph. None of the subjects of these cartes are identified. The remaining photographs are Cabinet Card, ca.1885 – 1890 and smaller studio portraits, ca.1890 - 1920. Some of the photographs have notes written on the reverse identifying the subjects but it is not known who wrote the notes. Several of the studio photographs feature women graduates and academics.

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No restrictions on access.

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No use or reproduction without prior permission.

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No further accruals are expected.

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