Monday, 1 July 2013

John Muir by William Dargavel [Carte de visite]

Photo details:

TitleJohn Muir by William Dargavel
Date1876 ±2
CollectionGeorgina Auld nee Muir photo album
Digital IDapc-000007

Photo TypeCarte de visite

Mount Size64 x 106 mm
Mount Thickness0.55 mm
Mount ColourCream
Mount EdgesStraight
Mount CornersRound

Image Size58 x 97 mm
TechnologyAlbumen
Features

Front ImprintSmall purple lettering
Back ImprintMedium sized, ornate text and artwork


Front face
Rear face




Front face:


John Muir by William Dargavel (front face)
[Auld Photograph Collection apc-000007-s1]
Larger version on Flickr

Imprint on the front face is small text and reads "WM DARGAVEL  AYR".

Written on the page in the album where this photograph was placed is the following identification text:
Grandfather Muir (mothers father)
(Georgina's father & J.H.G. Auld's maternal grandfather)
Georgina Muir's parents are John Muir and Elizabeth Millar. John Muir was born 28 July 1800 in Kilmaurs, AYR, SCT - he was christened 3 August 1800. John married Elizabeth when he was eighteen years old on 20 March 1819. Over the twenty four year period of 1820 through to 1844, the couple had twelve children in total - they were:
  • Dalrymple Muir
  • Jean Muir
  • Elizabeth Muir
  • Mary Muir
  • Hugh Muir
  • Agnes Muir
  • Wilhelmina Muir
  • John Muir
  • James Muir
  • Christina Muir
  • Janet Muir
  • Georgina Muir
Based on the dating evidence from the rear imprint (see below), John Muir (Georgina's father) would be approximately seventy six years old in the photograph.

Rear face:

John Muir by William Dargavel (rear face)
[Auld Photograph Collection apc-000007-s2]

Imprint on rear face is medium sized and includes both ornate text and artwork. Inscription of the text reads as:
WM DARGAVEL
PHOTO ARTIST
4 MURRAY PLACE
Newton
AYR
NEGATIVES KEPT COPIES OR ENLARGEMENTS
CAN BE HAD AT ANY TIME
COLORED WORK IN ALL ITS BRANCHES
See William Dargavel, Newton, Ayr [Photographer] for more information on William Dargavel and his photographic studio in Newton, Ayr. As discussed in that post, the documentary evidence based solely on the information provided on the back imprint dates the photo to 1876 ±2 years.