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Landscape, Nature and Architecture

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


Royal Observatory &c, Calton Hill, Edinburgh

c. 1860

Albumen print | 7.8 x 7.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2320127

Photograph of the Royal Observatory on Calton Hill, Edinburgh. The observatory is obscured by a tree that stands in the centre of the foreground with a low wooden fence behind it.

The Astronomical Institution of Edinburgh built the observatory on Calton Hill in Edinburgh and in 1822 King George IV named the observatory 'The Royal Observatory of King George IV'.
  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

  • 7.8 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
            • Lothian [Scotland]
              • Edinburgh [Scotland]
                • Calton Hill [Edinburgh]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Buildings for educational, scientific & cultural purposes
          • Observatories