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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

After George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle from the South West 1883 after an c. 1859 original

Carbon print | 7.6 x 7.1 cm (image) | RCIN 2320225

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Photograph of Balmoral Castle from the drive that leads to the main entrance with the clock tower visible in the background. In the foreground stand small sapling trees and a bench placed to the left of the drive.

This view proved popular with Wilson who photographed the newly constructed Balmoral Castle from this spot on many occasions. Other versions feature a man seated on the bench which may have been Wilson's assistant, William Gellie, who accompanied Wilson on his trips into England and Scotland. Due to the albumen processes susceptibility to deterioration over time, Queen Victoria commissioned the photographer, Jabez Hughes to reproduce this photograph in carbon in 1883. This photograph is a carbon copy of the original albumen photograph. Carbon was a process that was less susceptible to fading, unlike an albumen print that is prone to discolouration over time. 
  • Creator(s)

    After George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

    Jabez Hughes (1819-84) (photographer)

  • 7.6 x 7.1 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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
              • Balmoral Castle [Aberdeenshire]