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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle from the North West 1859

Albumen print | 7.5 x 7.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2320005

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Photograph with Balmoral Castle in the background. A man leans against a birch tree in the mid-foreground and a bench stands on the left of the photograph. After several visits to Scotland in the 1840s, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert decided to establish a permanent residence there. The lease of the Balmoral estate was acquired in 1848 and Prince Albert finally took possession of the property in 1852. However, the existing castle soon proved too small for the Royal Family and it was decided to build a larger one nearer the River Dee. The new Balmoral castle was completed in 1856 and is the subject of this photograph. Originally the photograph was intended as one half of a pair of stereoscopic photographs. When seen through a viewer, the well-defined foreground, middle distance and background would give a convincing impression of three-dimensional depth.

A review of this photograph appeared in the journal Photographic Notes for 1st January 1860 and the photograph was probably taken in the autumn of the previous year.
  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

  • 7.5 x 7.0 cm (image)

    16.7 x 13.1 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)
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Botany
        • Systematic botany
          • Trees
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Seating. Chairs
            • Benches