Blackness House was a picturesque 17th-century mansion, desmolished before World War II. It is shown on Ordnance Survey maps of the periods in extensive grounds, and a bowling green to the south side, the North Lodge House being on Blackness Road.
In 1867, J. B. Brechin published a list of paintings by the old masters in the Blackness House Gallery, which included Giotto, Bruegel, Gainsborough, Rembrandt, Raphael, Rubens and Titian.
In 1894, when Alexander Wilson took this photograph, Blackness House belonged to John E. Prain, listed in the Dundee Directory as a manufacturer. James Prain and Sons, spinners and manufacturers, owned Larchfield Works in Walton Street.
With thanks to the City Council’s excellent Photopolis site, over the next few days, I am featuring some superb historical photographs of the West End:
“A copy of this book is available for people to look at here in the archives and also at Local History, top floor Central Library…
Taking place over 8 weeks it will cover :
- Victorian Dundee
- The Smeiton family of Carnoustie
- The impact of the wars on Dundee
- Politics, Suffrage and Riots in Dundee
- Plus visits to the McManus Collection and the City Archives
This Alexander Wilson photograph shows the Sinderins (with thanks to Dundee City Council). Many more fascinating photographs of old Dundee can be seen at www.dundeecity.gov.uk/photodb