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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

View from Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight (Evening) 1860

Albumen print | 7.2 x 6.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2320050

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Photograph of the Solent with small boats in the foreground and a larger vessel in the centre of the background. Sun breaks through the clouds, illuminating a stretch of water below.

This photograph is one of a series of sea scapes in which Wilson broke with photographic convention and shot his images directly into the sun, creating what was termed 'instantaneous' images. He modified his camera lens to avoid the reflections that photographers faced when photographing into the light. Wilson was influenced by the work of the French photographer, Gustav Le Gray (1820-84) who was famous for creating dramatic seascapes over which hung brooding skies.
  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

    Great Britain
  • 7.2 x 6.6 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
          • England
            • Isle of Wight [England]
              • Ryde [Isle of Wight]
            • The Solent [England]
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Waterway engineering
          • Piers
        • Vessels (marine)
          • Boats