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  • Photographer Thomas J. Wynne, 1838-1893
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Photographer Thomas J. Wynne, 1838-1893

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Creator of the photographs in our Wynne Album, advertising his photographic studio on Main Street in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Upcycling this one, as I thought it was about time we zoom in on some of the photographers who produced the images we all have a very good time with (apologies for dangling preposition). Maybe we can find out more about the people behind the lens?

Date: Thursday, 26 October 1871 (if Mr Wynne's calendar is accurate)

NLI Ref.: WYN1

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  1. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 39 months ago | reply

    Most salient information on Mr Wynne from the excellent Dictionary of Irish Biography:

    ... was born probably in the United States... In 1861 Wynne established a news agency and stationery shop in Castle St., Castlebar, moving (1864) to premises in Market St. (now Main St.), where the lines of merchandise were extended to include books, fine art prints, and sheet music. He also provided a newspaper delivery service, a lending library, and occasional day excursions by steamer from Westport, and set up as an auctioneer in 1886. ...

    In 1867 Wynne established a photographic studio in the shop in Market St. The quality of the surviving photographs suggests that he may have been professionally trained. ... Wynne employed colourists and assistant photographers for periods, and was also assisted by at least three of his children whom he trained in photography, but it appears that he took most of the photographs himself, travelling frequently throughout the region.

    He married (4 August 1860) Ellen Semple in the catholic church in Castlebar; she died in 1862 giving birth to their only child, John William. On 2 November 1863 he married Margaret Fox ... with whom he had five sons and five daughters. ... His youngest son, Richard James, continued the shop and photographic studio in Castlebar. Other sons provided photographic services at Limerick, Tipperary, and Portarlington, and his daughter Mary had a studio in Loughrea, Co. Galway...

    Dating coinkydick: This photograph was taken on 26 October 1871, and Mr Wynne died on 26 October 1893.

    His death notice appeared in the Freeman's Journal on Saturday, 28 October 1893:

    WYNNE - October 26, 1893, at his residence, Castlebar, Thomas J Wynne, to the inexpressible grief of his sorrowing family and all who knew him, aged 55 years. Merciful Jesus grant eternal rest to his soul. Funeral will leave for the family burial place, the Old Churchyard, at 1.30pm to-morrow (Sunday). High Mass at 10 o'clock on Monday.

  2. TEXASJOHN 39 months ago | reply

    I wonder if he turned this photo into a postcard that he could leave at prominent business to drum up business!

  3. Robinson_Luzo 39 months ago | reply

    His first advertisement was in the Mayo examiner around the time this was taken, offering a "beautifully bound" album of forty prints of the district. He also produced a booklet on the murder of a local man in 1873 illustrated with photos he had taken for one penny.

    Interestingly one of Wynne's fellow proprietors in Castlebar, publican J.B. Walsh, helped set up the Land League in 1879.

    Several of Wynne's children did go into the photographic business. If I recall correctly he had a daughter who had a studio in Loughrea in the 1890s who was also a follower of the Gaelic revival. I believe his widow, Margaret carried on the stationary side of the business after his death.

  4. Robinson_Luzo 39 months ago | reply

    John Sanders Actually he included it with an album of Mayo he produced in 1873, his "souvenir scrap album"

  5. Mike Hannon 39 months ago | reply

    Ben Fagan

    The daughter who had the studio in Loughrea was Mary Wynne, who was my Great-grandmother. Hopefully, a photo of her, and my Great-grandfather (Patrick Hannon), should appear below.........


  6. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 39 months ago | reply

    Mike Hannon It does indeed appear! Beautiful. I searched in newspapers for your great grandmother's studio, but I wasn't able to find anything...

  7. Mike Hannon 39 months ago | reply

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    There's not really much about it either in any of my Great-grandfathers papers, apart from the following.......

    Loughrea will always be memorable to me, for one fact alone; it was here that I met one of the most charming little women in the world, and it was there, on 8th august, 1894, that I married her. Her people lived in Castlebar, where they had a large photographic business; and it was my very good fortune that their daughter, Mary Wynne, came to Loughrea to open a branch there. Soon after my marriage, I resigned from the Midland Great Western Railway, in order to devote the greater part of my time to study, and we settled down at my wife's home, Clifden House, Loughrea.

  8. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 39 months ago | reply

    Mike Hannon "... to study"? That might tie in with what it says here, that Mary was a member of the Irish Literary Society...

  9. oaktree_brian_1976 39 months ago | reply

    tough looking fellow, that one

  10. Mike Hannon 39 months ago | reply


    I've just had a look through an old family album, and I think I've found a photo of Thomas and Margaret and their five daughters. It's not brilliant, as it's a photo the original print, but it might put a softer slant on the personality.... :-).


  11. La Belle Province 39 months ago | reply

    Mike Hannon That's a lovely photo. Gibson girl quintuplets.

  12. oaktree_brian_1976 39 months ago | reply

    Mike Hannon Ok, that's a better picture. Five girls eh? I can only imagine.

  13. Mike Hannon 39 months ago | reply

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    If you've not seen them, I've photographed and uploaded a few more from the album to a set here......

  14. Mayobird 36 months ago | reply

    Hello Mike, my name is Maureen and I am a direct descendant of T.J. Wynne
    I stumbled across this link today and cannot find a way to inbox message you through Flicker.
    Would you please email me at: mayo97@verizon.net
    I will give you the info as to how we are related. I was just in Castlebar in August and my son, is there today visiting Garry Wynne and Richard Wynne.
    Thank you....Maureen (Los Gatos, California)

  15. bionicteaching 34 months ago | reply

    Is it possible/what would it take to get a higher quality image than the one on Flickr? I need this in my office.

  16. bionicteaching 34 months ago | reply

    For anyone else interested . . . I bought a higher quality TIFF version from the National Library of Ireland and ran it through Adobe Illustrator to make a larger EPS file. I put a few of the larger versions up on Flickr. I'm still playing with settings put plan to print out a large poster in the near future.
    Blackwood's 1872

  17. carlocksmithpaloalto99 25 months ago | reply

    Great photography… I would recommend you to upload it on a webpage called you pic . I think you will get some awards.

  18. deirdre_wray15 20 months ago | reply

    Tom How much did you have to pay for this photograph, I am a photography student in Dublin and we were given a print out the photograph as if it was destroyed and we are to find out as much information about it as possible and we would like a copy of the photograph

  19. bionicteaching 20 months ago | reply

    Deidre - It was 7 Euros and I talked with Bernie Metcalfe at orders@nli.ie. The image was 600dpi.

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