Sir James Roberton Annan, Thomas  (Scottish, 1829-1887)

This image is from the estate of Thomas Annan. It was originally made for Annan’s Memorials of the Old College of Glasgow in 1871.

Thomas Annan was a Scottish photographer who utilized many photographic processes throughout his career. He made portrait and architectural photographs with equal ability, but is primarily remembered for his studies of the alleys and tenement buildings of Glasgow. The Old Closes & Streets of Glasgow (1868-71), a classic of documentary photography, has gone through multiple editions in albumen print, carbon print and photogravure portfolio, and book forms. He was the founder of the firm T. & R. Annan & Sons, and was the father of J. Craig Annan, also a noted photographer and photogravure expert.

Reproduced / Exhibited

National Portrait Gallery, London


Annan, Thomas, and James Maclehose. Memorials of the Old College of Glasgow. Glasgow: Thomas Annan, photographer, 202 Hope Street, 1871.