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Albert and Victoria’s collection shows photographers’ working methods

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Group of Ghillies, Balmoral Oct 1858

Wet collodion negative | RCIN 2082962

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Glass plate negative of a full length portrait of four Ghillies, featuring (l-r): Donald Stewart (1827-1909) (keeper); Charles Duncan (1826-1904); T. Grant (Head Keeper) and Peter Farquharson (d. 1874) (Keeper). The ghillies stand in a clearing surrounded by trees. A dog sits on the ground beside on the left. 

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. A print from this negative exists in the Collection, RCIN 2160064.

  • Creator(s)

    Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Donald Stewart (1827-1909)
    Charles Duncan (1826-1904)
    Peter Farquarson (d. 1874)
    I Grant
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
          • negatives
            • glass plate negatives
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Field sports (hunting, shooting, stalking)
          • Dogs
            • Working dogs