Duncan Brown, Glasgow School of Art Archives.

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Duncan Brown, Glasgow School of Art Archives.

Postby HollowHorn » Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:59 pm

Two housebreakers and a prison officer photographed on 20 May 1855 by Duncan Brown.

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Duncan Brown (1819-1897) was a talented amateur photographer whose work documented aspects of Glasgow life from the 1850s until the 1890s. From 1845 to 1862 he was employed as the janitor at the Glasgow School of Art, which was then a Government School of Design located at 116 Ingram Street. This photograph was taken in a small courtyard to the north of the School.

From left to right are prisoners named Benson and Arkwright and a warder, all handcuffed together. The two men had been accused of housebreaking (burglary in daylight hours). They were probably being taken from the Justiciary Buildings in the Saltmarket to Duke Street Prison, after being convicted of the crime and sentenced.

Link to the Duncan Brown set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsalib/set ... 848436865/
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Re: Duncan Brown, Glasgow School of Art Archives.

Postby floweredpig » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:21 pm

A lot of the photographs on the Mitchell Library online have been taken by Duncan Brown.He seemed to be well ahead of his time

that is an amazing photograph to be taken then,most photographers then were only doing formal family shots or landscapes and townscapes.
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Re: Duncan Brown, Glasgow School of Art Archives.

Postby HollowHorn » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:50 pm

Very true FP, he's a bit of an unsung hero.
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