|Dates: ||1822 - 1905|
Tytler hailed from the Fraser-Tytler family of Woodhouselee, on the river Esk near Roslin, just south of Edinburgh, but as the fourth son, he did not acquire the Fraser title. His grandfather, Alexander Fraser Tytler, was a lawyer, writer on translation, and friend of Robert Burns, but George seems to have left no record of activity in publishing, in any sort of commercial activity, or in the legal and banking worlds, and even managed to elude every census. When Tytler joined the Photographic Society of Scotland in 1856 he gave the address of his Edinburgh bank for correspondence, but when he joined the Edinburgh Photograph Exchange Club three years later he listed Woodhouselee as his address. If that was his normal residence, the idea that he lived off family income is reinforced. In the 1859 album of the Exchange Club, Tytler showed six views of Woodhouselee done in collodion and seven views titled Scots Firs at the Bush done in waxed paper. In the 1856 exhibition of the Photographic Society of Scotland in Edinburgh, Tytler displayed four collodion views of Woodhouselee. He was elected a member of the society’s council in 1858.
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007)
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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