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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


The Prentice Pillar - Roslyn Chapel

1883 after an c. 1863 original of 1868

Carbon print | 10.0 x 7.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2620045

Photograph of the interior of Rosslyn Chapel with the 'Prentice Pillar the furthest from the viewer on the left. A man who is seated on the ground, leans against the pillar. Gothic design windows at the far end of the chapel in the background.

The pillar's name is based in 18th century legend which states that the pillar was carved by a precocious apprentice. The pillar is situated at the east end of the Lower Chapel in Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian, Scotland. 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)

  • 10.0 x 7.5 cm (image)

    17.5 x 13.2 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Midlothian [Scotland]
              • Rosslyn Chapel [Midlothian]
                • Prentice Pillar [Rosslyn Chapel]
              • Rosslyn [Midlothian]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Ecclesiastical & religious architecture
          • Christian church architecture
            • Chapels