Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Craigg, J. Augustus[1]

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  • Name Craigg, J. Augustus 
    Gender Male 
    Home Address/Year 1869  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Douglas St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year Jun 1869-Apr 1872  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Government St.
    W. side near View St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Association Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery (Relationship: Owner) 
    Person ID I379  Camera Workers | C, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2017 

  • Photos
    Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery, Government Street, 1875, by Charles Horetzky
    Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery, Government Street, 1875, by Charles Horetzky
    Magnification of a photograph taken from the Driard Hotel showing the distinctive facade of the Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery at the time it was leased to Noah Shakespeare by its owner S.A. Spencer. Image courtesty of BC Archives, Visual Records call number A-03456.

    Documents
    J.A. Craigg's ad in the 1869 Victoria city directory.
    J.A. Craigg's ad in the 1869 Victoria city directory.
    Advertisement for the Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery operated by J.A. Craigg from the First Victoria Directory, Third Issue, and British Columbia Guide (Mallandaine, 1869), p. 75
    J.A. Craigg's letter to the editor, <i>Colonist</i> (Victoria), 1869 11 04.
    J.A. Craigg's letter to the editor, Colonist (Victoria), 1869 11 04.
    In this letter to the editor of the Colonist, J.A. Craigg objected to Noah Shakespeare's accusation that a "licentious photograph" had been taken in the Theatre Photographic Gallery.
    J.A. Craigg cartouche from the back of a carte-de-visite portrait, between 1869-1872.
    J.A. Craigg cartouche from the back of a carte-de-visite portrait, between 1869-1872.
    From verso of BC Archives carte-de-visite in Hunter album no. 3, p. 37.
    J.A. Craigg's ad from the <i>Standard</i> (Victoria), 1870 07 14.
    J.A. Craigg's ad from the Standard (Victoria), 1870 07 14.
    J.A. Craigg's cartouche from the back of a carte-de-visite, ca. 1870
    J.A. Craigg's cartouche from the back of a carte-de-visite, ca. 1870
    R.S. Vickers (1917-2008), who owned this carte-de-visite, was the great-grandson of photographer George Robinson, a contemporary of Craigg's and who had also once operated the Theatre Photographic Gallery.
    J.A. Craigg's ad, <i>Colonist</i>, 1869 06 22.
    J.A. Craigg's ad, Colonist, 1869 06 22.
    Craigg acquired the Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery from George Robinson in May or June 1869.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: He purchased the Theatre Photographic Gallery from George Robinson in May or Jun 1869 and sold the same business to S.A. Spencer in Apr 1872. Craigg appears to have taken only portraits during his proprietorship, but he worked outdoors as well as inside. In Apr 1870 he took a group portrait of Oddfellows in front of the Victoria Theatre on the occasion of their 51st anniversary.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: "J. A. Craigg, Photo., Gov't Street" on front of carte-de-visite "J. A. Craigg, Photographer, Theatre Building, Government Street, Victoria, B.C." on verso of same carte-de-visite. "J. A. Craigg, Photographer, Government Street, Victoria, B.C." on verso of carte-de-visite.
    • FORMATS: portraits (cartes-de-visite).
    • REFERENCES: MAL69 (and ad p. 75); MAL71; Colonist, 1869 03 29-05 06 [G. R. Robinson ad for sale], 1869 06 22-09 07 [Craigg ad], 1870 04 27/3, 1872 04 12/3.

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA.