A.R. Hogg Photographic Collection

Collection of historic and topographical photographs by the Belfast photographer, Alexander Robert Hogg (1870-1939). Comprising glass plate negatives, lantern slides and prints, the collection relates to a wide range of subject areas typical of a successful local photographer of the early 20th century. Reflecting both Hogg's own personal tastes and interests and those of his many clients, the collection contains a large selection of images depicting people, places, properties and events etc. The earliest photograph to be found dates from 1888 and was taken when Hogg was just 17 or 18: it is of a scene along the River Lagan. The majority of the photographs however date from the latter half of Hogg’s career most particularly during the 1920s and 1930s. Interesting exceptions include many of the new City Hall in Belfast, 1906, the Municipal College of Technology, 1907, and the audience of the Grand Opera House during a performance of a play in 1917. Other photographs in the collection include portraits and groups, local landscapes, street scenes and buildings, businesses, natural history, and artistic subjects such as paintings, jewellery and musical instruments, in addition to scenes of the local linen industry, machinery, iron working, engineering and shipbuilding. Of particular interest are the landscapes and views commissioned from Hogg by the Northern Ireland Tourist Development Board and the many images of people at work represented in the collection which provide an important source of visual information about the working lives of Ulster men and women over the course of 4 decades. The collection also includes Hogg's original register of prints (dating from c. 1912) to which many of the negatives are referenced and a series of business account books dating from the 1920s. Material relating to David Hogg, brother to Alexander and Evangelical Christian, is also to be found.


The Hogg Collection is an important visual resource for the history of late 19th and early 20th century Ulster documenting four decades of urban life and work. Images are of superb quality and allied with Hogg's original register and account books, provide an interesting look into the nature and scale of a local photographic practice.

Physical characteristics

The collection contains approx. 5,000 glass plate negatives (mostly full plate size), 1,500 glass lantern slides and several hundred prints.

Description or Catalogue

Details of the collection are recorded on to an automated database which is accessible at the Museum through curatorial members of staff.






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Added by Ulster Museum | Last updated on: 09 February 2018