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George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Group portrait, Balmoral 29 - 29 Sep 1855

Collodion glass plate negative | RCIN 2084356

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Glass plate negative of a full-length group portrait, showing, from right to left: Prince Frederick William of Prussia (1831-88), later Frederick III of Germany; Princess Helena (1846-1923); Prince Alfred (1844-1900); Prince Albert Edward of Wales (1841-1910), later King Edward VII; Princess Alice (1843-78), later Grand Duchess of Hesse; Queen Victoria (1819-1901); Princess Victoria (1840-1901); Princess Louise (1848-1939), later Duchess of Argyll and Prince Albert (1819-61), who stands, leaning against a tree in left side profile. The group stand in the grounds of Balmoral.

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 2160317.

  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

    GW Wilson, & Co, 25 Crown St, Aberdeen (photographer)

    Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)
    Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)
    Frederick III, German Emperor (1831-88)
    Princess Helena (1846-1923)
    Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)
    Empress Friedrich, German Empress and Queen of Prussia (1840-1901)
    King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)
    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939)
    Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse & by Rhine (1843-78)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
          • negatives
            • glass plate negatives