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George Washington Wilson

551 98

Description George Washington Wilson

Collection George Washington Wilson

Catalogue Number 551 98

Category All Other

Administrative History George Washington Wilson (1823-1893) was born in the North East of Scotland. He initially trained at Edinburgh as a carpenter, and then in London as a portrait miniaturist. During the 1850s he was able to establish himself as an artist and photographer in Aberdeen. One of his first significant clients was Prince Albert, who invited him to photograph the Royal Family in the grounds of Balmoral. This resulted in Wilson receiving the official appointment of Photographer Royal for Scotland in 1860. Wilson would continue to work for Queen Victoria after Prince Albert's death in 1861. Wilson won various awards for his photographic work, most notably medals at the Great London International Exhibition of 1862 for his short exposure experiments. By this time he was able to set up his own printing works in Aberdeen, George Washington Wilson & Co, capturing images across Britain. He was able to employ a staff of photographers which included his son, Charles Wilson who undertook many tours of South Africa and across Australia, depicting early gold mining settlers and the native ways of life. Wilson & Co also travelled to the Mediterranean, capturing Gibraltar, Tangiers, the South of Spain and Morocco. By the 1880s the firm had become one of the largest and most recognisable printing and photographic firms in the country, in large part to George Washington Wilson's acumen as a photographer and businessman. Wilson passed on his business to his three sons, Charles, Louis and John Wilson in 1888. The company did not survive long under the guidance of the Wilson brothers, with large parts of the company being sold off in 1905, and ceasing trade fully in 1908. Fred Hardie, one of Wilson & Co's senior photographers, acquired a substantial amount of the company's stock after a 1908 auction, which was later passed onto Archibald J B Strachan, one time assistant to Hardie. When moving to new premises in 1954, Strachan offered the collection to the Aberdeen University Library, where the collection is now preserved.

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Collection Hierarchy - Collection Level

Collection Level (551 98) George Washington Wilson

Preview Category Catalogue Number Title Date Level
Photographs and Off-line Digital Images O 996 PO View of stone circle, captioned 'The Stones of Stennis'. Item Level
Print Room DF 1747 PO Historic photograph. View of inner moat. c. 1885 Item Level
Print Room DF 1752 PO Historic photograph. General view. c. 1890 Item Level
Print Room DF 1755 PO Historic photograph showing view of castle. c. 1875 Item Level
Print Room DF 1756 PO Historic photograph. General view. c. 1870 Item Level
Print Room AY 2574 PO Historic photograph showing general view. c. 1880 Item Level
Print Room F 5520 PO Historic photograph. General view looking towards St Peter's. 1897 Item Level
Print Room AG 7153 PO Historic photographic view of castle. c. 1885 Item Level
Print Room AG 7121 PO Historic photograph. View of hotel and Glencoe, inscr; 'The Pap of Glencoe, Ballachulish Hotel, G.W.W.' c. 1875 Item Level
Print Room AG 7154 PO Historic photographic view inscr; 'Dog Castle. Killundine.' c. 1880 Item Level
Print Room AG 7156 PO General view of hotel and bridge Historic photograph inscr; 'Craishan & King's House Glencoe' c. 1880 Item Level
Print Room AG 7155 PO Historic photograph. General view of bridge of Three Waters in Glencoe. c. 1880 Item Level
Print Room DF 1771 PO Historic photograph showing view from SW including the Queensberry Monument in original position. c. 1890 Item Level
Photographs and Off-line Digital Images DF 1766 PO General view c. 1880 Item Level
Print Room C 39340 PO Historic photograph showing general view from S of Dumfries High Street including Midsteeple. c. 1882 Item Level
Print Room DF 1782 PO Historic photograph showing general view from south of Dumfries High Street including Midsteeple. c. 1870 Item Level
Print Room DF 1800 PO Historic photograph. Interior, detail of Queesnberry Monument. c. 1870 Item Level
Photographs and Off-line Digital Images C 39497 Historic photographic view from SE. c. 1885 Item Level
Photographs and Off-line Digital Images D 27749 General view of hotel and bridge, inscr; 'Craishan & King's House Glencoe' c. 1880 Item Level
Print Room DF 1788 PO Historic photograph showing general view of suspension bridge. c. 1890 Item Level
Print Room DF 1770 PO Historic photographic view from N. c. 1875 Item Level
Print Room DF 1806 PO Historic photographic view from SE. c. 1880 Item Level
Print Room DF 1808 PO Historic photographic view from SE. c. 1870 Item Level
Print Room DF 1779 PO Historic photograph. View from S. c. 1890 Item Level

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