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Landscape, Nature and Architecture

Technological improvements enabled Prince Albert to collect photographs of places that were significant to him



c. 1859

Albumen print | 7.6 x 7.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2320134

Photograph of a man standing in a rowing boat on the left of the foreground, with his back to the viewer whilst punting on the River Tweed. Abbotsford House stands in the background. The house is partially obscured behind trees.

Abbotsford was once the home of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) who named it after the ford where the Abbots of Melrose Abbey used to traverse the River Tweed. The house was opened to the public in 1833 and a new visitor centre was opened on the estate in 2012. There are several examples of this photograph of Abbotsford from the River Tweed taken by Wilson which proved to be a popular view of the house.      
  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)


    Great Britain
  • 7.6 x 7.3 cm (image)

    17.2 x 13.0 cm (mount)

  • From an album of photographs collected and arranged by Albert, Prince Consort, between 1860 and 1861

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • The Borders [Scotland]
              • Abbotsford [Borders]
                • Abbotsford House
        • Rivers of northern Europe
          • Rivers of Scotland
            • Tweed, River [Borders region]
    • Geography
      • Physiography
        • Rivers
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs