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Looking Down Glencoe

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Looking Down Glencoe About 1860

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The rise of tourism as a popular pastime in the nineteenth century and Sir Walter Scott’s novels about the romantic past of Scotland generated public interest in Highland scenery for which the photographic industry readily catered. The Aberdeen-based photographer George Washington Wilson had an acute sense of what constituted a popular view. He took enormous care in finding and composing self-contained scenes and it was the originality of his imagery, capturing effects of nature never seen before, that so fascinated his contemporaries. This view looks down through Glencoe which was the scene of the 1692 massacre, the story of which had been romanticised in Victorian literature, such as Scott’s ‘The Highland Widow’.


  • Acc. No. PGP 71.75
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 10.10 x 15.20 cm
  • Credit Provenance unknown