Beattie, John (ca. 1873)
A retired British photographer of Clifton, Bristol, England,
with 20 years’ experience, who decided to test the claims of
Frederick A. Hudson in regard to spirit photography. In the
early stage of the experiments, in which he was assisted by Dr.
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Beattie, John
G. S. Thompson, he registered failure after failure. Sometimes
20 plates were exposed without result, but in 1873 he obtained
important results. The medium, a tradesman, described minutely
and correctly in advance the appearances that were to
be impressed on the plates. He claimed to see them clairvoyantly.
The developed pictures tallied with his descriptions. The
experiments were reported by Rev. Stainton Moses and others
in Human Nature (vol. 8, 1874).