James Esson, photographer (b at Preston [Cambridge, Ont] 10 Aug 1853; d at Toronto 1933). He learned PHOTOGRAPHY
from his father and in 1875 established his own business. At age 30, he built a large, 3-storey brick "atelier" - purportedly the most elegant, complete and costly establishment in the country. A familiar name in art circles throughout Ontario, Esson attracted patrons of social and political prominence, including the marquess of LORNE
and Princess Louise.
Parliament Buildings from Sapper’s Bridge
Albumen silver print by James Esson, before 1880 (courtesy National Gallery of Canada/Musée des Beaux-Arts du Canada, Ottawa).
JOAN M. SCHWARTZ