Series DSF - Photographs attributed to David Sydney Fish

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Photographs attributed to David Sydney Fish


  • 1900 - 1906 (Creation)

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47 photographs plus duplicates in pockets, 1cm

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Biographical history

Gardener and Foreman at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh before becoming Secretary and Garden Superintendent of the Horticultural Society in Alexandria, Egypt between 1906 and 1912. Skilled photographer. Wrote Book of the Winter Garden in 1906. Son of David Taylor Fish (1824-1901)

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47 photographs / studies of members of RBGE staff, mainly gardeners / probationer gardeners, some named, but many not.
Names include David Sydney Fish (x2), W. Douglas, Murray, David Wilkie, James D. McKenzie, James Esplin, D.M. Ross, William Ritchie, H.B. Anderson, Andrew R. Cosh, Thomas Sherlock, Douglas Law, William Fernie and Alexander Reid.

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photographs are arranged by the number on their back - unfortunately any list providing more details for this list, such as subject or photographer (Fish cannot have been the photographer for all of them) has been lost.

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Permission required from RBGE

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some images were used in "How the Garden Grew" by Leonie Paterson, RBGE, 2013

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  • Box: Photograph Collections Box 1