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Skating, St Margaret's Loch

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Skating, St Margaret's Loch

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  • Scottish Art
This image shows people skating on St Margaret’s Loch in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park, with the Crags and the ruin of St Anthony’s chapel in the background. Ice skating was a very popular winter pastime in Scotland, and the world’s first official skating club was founded in Edinburgh in 1742. According to the records, in order to join the club in 1784 one had to skate a complete circle on either foot, and jump over first one, then two, then three hats. Although similar to Patrick’s picture of skaters on Duddingston Loch, this photograph of St Margaret’s Loch is probably of an earlier date. It was created with the albumen print technique, which was popular until about 1890. This technique used egg white and salt to coat and smoothen the paper on which the photograph was printed.

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Albumen print

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

Albumen print


  • Acc. No. PGP R 1649
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 19.30 x 28.10 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell, 1985