Cabinet card photographs of Russian people by William Carrick, 1871-1872
Cabinet cards portraits of Russian people, mostly posed outdoors, likely from his 1871 expedition to Simbirsk. Paper albumen prints pasted onto card. About half of the cards have William Carrick's mark on the reverse in Russian and English, with the English part covered in tape. Most of the cards have a blue stamp on the reverse reading 'Louise F. MacGregor'. This is likely a relative of Carrick's studio technician John MacGregor, she may have published or sold the prints.
- Creation: 1871-1872
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MS. 23051 photogr. 77
Wilson Centre Accession Number: 00:6755; Wilson Centre Accession Number 2: TC 343
Biographical / Historical
The son of a timber merchant, William Carrick was born in Edinburgh but moved to Kronstadt in Russia while only a few weeks old. The family moved to Saint Petersburg, where Carrick was educated before moving to Rome for further studies. The family business collapsed during the Crimean War. In 1856 Carrick returned to Saint Petersburg to become a photographer. He met the photographic technician John MacGregor in Edinburgh and together they opened a photographic studio in Saint Petersburg. He became known for capturing pictures of Russian life and pioneering Russian ethnographic photography, obtaining the patronage of Grand Duke Konstantine Nicholaievich.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Michael Maslan USA, 25/07/2000.