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After George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

The Colonel's Bed - Braemar 1883 after a c. 1859 original

Carbon print | 9.0 x 5.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2620026

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Photograph of a narrow gorge through rock through which the Clunie river flows. Dense trees can be seen in the right of the background. Standing on a ledge of rock in the right of the foreground, is the figure of a man with his back to the viewer.

Located near to the Falls of Corrymulzie, the 'Colonel's Bed' derives its name from Colonel John Farquharson who, loyal to the Jacobite cause, hid from Government troops in the gorge following the Battle of Killiecrankie in July 1689. Wilson took many variations of this scene, some with and without a figure. A version without a figure in the foreground was reproduced in Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery by Wilson, published in 1866. 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)

  • 9.0 x 5.9 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]
              • Glen Ey [Aberdeenshire]
                • Colonel's Bed [Glen Ey]
              • Braemar [Aberdeenshire]
                • Clunie Water [Braemer]
      • Physiography
        • Rivers