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George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

A View of the Valley near Castleton of Braemar c. 1857

Albumen print | 19.3 x 24.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2160043

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Photograph of a view of the valley near Castleton of Braemar. The Dee River features in the middle ground, at the centre of the photograph, and is surrounded by forest. There are hills in background. The upper part of the photograph is dominated by a cloudy sky.

In 1857 Wilson was producing work that was of the larger Imperial size compared to those photographs that he had taken the previous year. There is a possibility that Wilson was influenced by Roger Fenton who was producing views of the same region but in a larger size in 1856; however, by September of 1857, Wilson was keen to utilise his artistic eye and skills of composition to produce these striking images of the Scottish landscape.
  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Great Britain
  • 19.3 x 24.7 cm (image)

    28.3 x 36.6 cm (page dimensions)

  • A View of the Valley near Castleton of Braemar. 1857 [Album: Balmoral 1856-1861]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
              • Castleton of Braemer [Aberdeenshire]
              • Braemar [Aberdeenshire]
              • Braemar Valley
      • Physiography
        • Rivers
          • Rivers of northern Europe
            • Rivers of Scotland
              • River Dee [Aberdeen]