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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

The Loch of Park, Aberdeenshire, at Sunset 1859

Albumen print | 7.1 x 6.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2320168

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Photograph of a woman with a child in a rowing boat on the loch, silhouetted against the light. The woman stands in the boat as she holds the oar. In the foreground is a small protrusion of land into the water on which is seated a child wearing a hat with its back to the viewer.

In this photograph, Wilson took the unusual step, at the time, of photographing into the sun and adapted his camera in order to cope with the bright light. He used members of his family as models in these photographs together with Sandy the boatman and photographed the loch itself against a low sun. Such was the technical proficiency that was exhibited in these photographs together with the favourable reviews they received, they were instrumental in securing Wilson's position at the forefront of the photographic establishment.
  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

  • 7.1 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
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
      • Physiography
        • Lochs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Vessels (marine)
          • Boats
            • Rowing boats