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Memorial works

Following Albert’s premature death, Victoria commissioned the creation of photographs and decorative objects that memorialised her beloved husband


Abergeldie Castle

1883 after an 1865 original

Carbon print | 7.9 x 5.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2620015

Photograph of Abergeldie Castle from the south west with a man sitting by a single standing stone placed in the foreground to the right of which is a tree.

Abergeldie Castle is situated in Crathie, Scotland, during the mid 16th century by Sir Alexander Gordon of Midmar. The Castle was used as a hunting lodge by Albert Edward, later King Edward VII, after his father, Albert, Prince Consort, purchased the lease for the castle. In October 1863, the Crown Prince of Prussia, Frederick William, Princess Victoria and their children stayed at Abergeldie Castle when they visited Balmoral. It was during this visit that Wilson photographed the Crown Prince and his son, Prince William within the grounds of Balmoral. This photograph is a later carbon copy of the original albumen photograph. Carbon was a process that was less susceptible to fading, unlike an albumen print that is prone to discolouration over time.    
  • Creator(s)

    After George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

    Jabez Hughes (1819-84) (photographer)

  • 7.9 x 5.9 cm (image)

    17.5 x 13.2 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
              • Abergeldie [Aberdeenshire]
                • Abergeldie Castle [Abergeldie]
              • Balmoral Estate [Aberdeenshire]