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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


Castle Street at Aberdeen

1883 after a 1867 original

Carbon print | 7.8 x 7.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2620038

Photograph of the Mercat Cross in Castle Street, Aberdeen, with Union Street in the background. In the left of the foreground, a man stands in shade. On the right of the foreground, illuminated by a shaft of sunlight cast from between buildings, two boys and a man stand alongside a hand cart.

A Mercat Cross is the Scottish term for a market cross which are frequently found in many Scottish towns and cities. With the strong contrasts between light and shade, this photograph may be a an example of Wilson's technical competence as a photographer in his ability to balance the exposure between the two areas. 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)

  • 7.8 x 7.0 cm (image)

    17.5 x 13.2 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
              • Aberdeen [Aberdeenshire]
                • Castle Street [Aberdeen]
                • Union Street [Aberdeen]
                • Market Cross [Aberdeen]
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Vehicles
          • Simple transport
            • Carts