About this artwork

George Washington Wilson photographed Edinburgh from Calton Hill on a number of occasions as did many other professional and amateur photographers. From the hill one can still get a good view of all the important landmarks in the centre of the city. In Wilson's own words: 'From this viewpoint Princes Street with its ceaseless travellers and countless buildings is seen to best advantage'. Easily recognisable are the silhouettes of the Scott Monument, the Castle and St Giles Cathedral. The building site on the left is the extension of Waverly Station under construction.

George Washington Wilson

George Washington Wilson

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.

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