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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Colonnade of Basaltic Pillars, Staffa 1859

Albumen print | 7.2 x 6.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2320048

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Photograph of cliffs formed of vertical columns of basalt on the Isle of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. In front of the cliffs on the left of the centre, stand two men.

The Island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides features many natural curiosities including Fingal's Cave that is formed of hexagonal basalt columns. The two men standing in front of the cliffs have probably been deliberately placed to provide a sense of scale.
  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Great Britain
  • 7.2 x 6.8 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
            • Hebrides [Scotland]
              • Staffa [Scotland]
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Earth sciences
        • Geology