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Landscape with ruin

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Landscape with ruin

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Amateur photographer John Muir Wood took this calotype in an unknown place in Scotland around 1850. Much of Wood’s landscape photography demonstrates great similarities to conventional landscape painting. His compositions are deliberately constructed to draw the viewer into the image and often have a very clear point of focus. In this case, the focus of the image is the ruined building on top of the hill, which reminds us that this deserted place was once inhabited. The ruined state of the building is echoed by the rocks and pebbles in the stream, which is used as the tool to lead the eye into the picture.

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The first effective version of photography, using drawing or writing paper for both the negative and the positive. The paper was sensitised with potassium iodide and silver nitrate, exposed and developed in gallic acid and silver nitrate.


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Calotype, Composition


  • Acc. No. PGP W 94
  • Medium Salt paper print from a calotype negative
  • Size 24.00 x 19.50 cm
  • Credit Sir Alan Muir Wood Collection, presented 1985