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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


Braemar Castle

1883 after an 1865 original

Carbon print | 10.2 x 7.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2620022

Photograph of Braemar Castle standing in the far distance, set against hills with the River Dee flowing in front of the castle. In the foreground flows the River ?Allt an t-Slugain over a large expanse of rock and bordered by trees on the right. In the middle ground, a wooden fence runs horizontally down to the river's edge.

Braemar Castle was built by the 18th Earl of Mar in 1628. Queen Victoria visited the castle and attended the Braemar Gathering within its grounds on the 12th September 1850. Queen Victoria recorded the event in her journal, writing: 'There were the usual games of 'putting the stone,' 'throwing the hammer' and 'caber,' and racing up the hill of Craig Cheunnich, which was accomplished in less than six minutes and a half; and we were all much pleased to see our gillie Duncan, who is an active, good looking, young man, win.' 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)

  • 10.2 x 7.8 cm (image)

    17.5 x 13.2 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
              • Braemar [Aberdeenshire]
                • Braemar Castle
      • Physiography
        • Rivers
          • Rivers of northern Europe
            • Rivers of Scotland
              • Allt an t-Slugain, River [Aberdeen]
              • River Dee [Aberdeen]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Domestic architecture
          • Castles