George Washington Wilson

Scottish (1823 - 1893)
George Washington Wilson Birnam Falls, Dunkeld About 1860

Biography

Born 1823
Died 1893
Nationality Scottish

A hugely successful businessman, George Washington Wilson had left home at twelve to be a carpenter and subsequently trained as a portrait painter before turning to photography in 1853. By the 1860s he owned printing works in Aberdeen that produced thousands of prints with views from all over Britain every year. Later his catalogue grew to include pictures from the Continent and the rest of the world. One of his first clients was Prince Albert who asked him to photograph the rebuilding of Balmoral Castle. Queen Victoria continued to commission work from Wilson after her husband's death.

Glossary terms

  • A print with the chemicals carried in a film of egg white to give a clear, detailed image.