About this artwork

Glasgow magistrates had been invited to the Edinburgh International Exhibition in 1886 and were duly impressed by it. The first Glasgow International Exhibition was held in 1888. Valentine's were the official photographers for the 1938 Empire Exhibition at Glasgow's Bellahouston Park. It was quite usual to include figures in the pictures using photomontage. This was done to enable the organisers to sell postcards of 'busy exhibitions' on the opening day.

James Valentine

James Valentine

The Valentine company was founded in Dundee by James's father, John Valentine, in 1825. After learning the daguerreotype process in Paris in the late 1840s, James added portrait photography to the family business in 1851. By the 1860s the company had begun to cater for the growing tourist industry by producing photographic prints with views from around the country. After James's death in 1880, his son William Dobson took over the ever-expanding business. At Valentine's the greeting card gradually replaced the picture postcard. What remained of a card making empire was sold to Hallmark Cards Inc. in 1980.