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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

The Brig o' Balgownie on the Don near Aberdeen 1856

Albumen print | 7.2 x 6.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2320163

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Photograph of a bridge, that can be seen standing left of the centre, spanning the River Don in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The bridge has a single, pointed arch. A building stands in the left of the foreground and trees populate the sides of the river bank. Two people lie on the hillside in the foreground, looking towards the bridge.  

The Brig o' Balgowne was begun during the 13th century and was completed in 1320. It was originally known as the Bridge of Don. It comprises a single Gothic arch and is constructed from granite and sandstone. This photograph was probably displayed at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition in 1857 which sealed his increasing profile within the newly emerging photographic establishment.
  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

    Great Britain
  • 7.2 x 6.9 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
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
              • Aberdeen [Aberdeenshire]
                • Brig of Balgownie (Old Bridge of Don) [Aberdeen]
      • Physiography
        • Rivers
          • Rivers of northern Europe
            • Rivers of Scotland
              • River Don [Aberdeen]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Bridges