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Whytock and Reid Glass Plate Negatives


Whytock and Reid were the premier cabinet makers and upholsterers in Edinburgh for nearly 200 years. The company began in 1807, when Richard Whytock established his Edinburgh based haberdashery selling drapery and textiles.

RCAHMS has an extensive collection of drawings and photographs from this company including 13 wooden storage boxes containing 562 original glass plate negatives mainly showing furniture but also family photographs. The glass plate negatives have now been digitised as well as rehoused to ensure their long-term preservation.