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Landscape, Nature and Architecture

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


The Colonel's Bed. Glen Ey. Braemar

c. 1867

Albumen print | 23.9 x 16.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2082055

Photograph of a geographical feature comprising a chasm and a river. The photograph is framed on either side by sheer rock faces with water running through at the bottom. On the left is an over-hanging tree branch with ferns and indigenous plants. In the background, viewed through the gorge is a small cluster of trees on the banks of the river.

The Colonel's Bed was reputedly used as a hiding place during the first Jacobite Rebellion of 1715. This print is an example of the cabinet sized print that was Wilson introduced in conjunction with the publishers A Marion & Co in May 1862. The cabinet print allowed the public to buy single prints of landscapes that could then be pasted into albums.
  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

  • 23.9 x 16.6 cm (image)

    29.6 x 24.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • Album of Views of Balmoral and Surroundings

  • Given to Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III by Queen Victoria, 28 October 1879

  • Subject(s)
    • Geography
      • Systematic geography
        • Landscapes
    • Places
      • Physiography
        • Gorges
        • Rivers
          • Rivers of northern Europe
            • Rivers of Scotland
              • River Dee [Aberdeen]
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
              • Glen Ey [Aberdeenshire]
                • Colonel's Bed [Glen Ey]