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Landscape, Nature and Architecture

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


Upper Fall of the Garrawalt

c. 1861

Albumen print | 15.7 x 19.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2082039

Photograph of the bridge spanning the upper falls of the Garrawalt river in Ballochbuie Forest, Aberdeenshire. The bridge comprises a single arch and is of wooden construction. In the foreground the water tumbles over a large boulder into a pool which appears to have a solid surface by using a long exposure.

This is an example of the larger, so called 'Cabinet' print that Wilson was beginning to produce during 1861 in attempt to pre-empt the decline of the stereoscopic photograph. He used a new, wide angle lens developed by Dallmeyer that gave a 70° angle of coverage. The cabinet prints gave the public with the option to purchase single prints of landscapes for the first time and provided an alternative to the stereoscopic views that Wilson had been producing during the late 1850's.  

  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

  • 15.7 x 19.9 cm (image)

  • Album of views of Balmoral and Surroundings

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

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • The Highlands [Scotland]
              • Ballochbuie Forest [Highlands]
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
              • Balmoral Estate [Aberdeenshire]
              • Braemar [Aberdeenshire]
                • Garbh Allt Falls [Balmoral Estate]
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Botany
        • Systematic botany
          • Trees
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Bridges
            • Arched Bridges