Thomas Annan

(1830—1887) photographer

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(1830–87), Scottish photographer, active in Glasgow. Trained in engraving and lithography, Annan became a photographer in 1855. A friend of D. O. Hill, he was responsible for photographing, with a camera specially constructed by Dallmeyer, Hill's huge painting Signing the Deed of Demission, then having it reproduced in 1866 by Swan's carbon process, the first major use of this new permanent process. When another, photogravure, was discovered he took his son James to Vienna to learn it from the inventor, Karl Klič (Klietsch). The firm, T. & R. Annan, gained a high reputation for its reproduction of works of art.


From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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