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Victoria commissioned works that memorialised her beloved husband

After George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

The Albert Cairn, Balmoral 1883 copy after an 1865 original

Carbon print | 8.2 x 7.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2620013

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Photograph of the Albert memorial cairn erected on top of Creag An Lurachain on the Balmoral estate. In the foreground, a heather covered hillside interspersed with boulders and in the background stands a man, standing in right side profile, reading the inscription on the cairn.

The cairn bears an inscription which reads: To the Beloved Memory of Prince Albert, the Great and Good Prince Consort, Erected by his Broken-hearted Widow, VICTORIA R' George Washington Wilson took a number of views, both close to and at a distance from the cairn; the latter to show the cairn in context on the hillside. 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)

  • 8.2 x 7.0 cm (image)

    17.5 x 13.2 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
              • Balmoral Estate [Aberdeenshire]
                • Prince Albert's Cairn [Balmoral Estate]
      • Physiography
        • Mountains