professional photographers from the 1850s onwards produced cartes-de-visite –
small photographs the size of this one, mounted on thin card. Most were portraits, sold by the dozen to the sitter. However some photographers produced cartes de visite of other subjects.
Washington Wilson of Aberdeen travelled throughout Scotland, taking landscapes. He photographed from this site in Princes Street in 1859. He returned to take more photos in 1860, and again in 1863-64.
photograph was taken around 1859, and issued originally as stereo pair. Later the left hand side was cropped off, and the photograph was issued
in a smaller format as the carte de visite shown here.
Princes Street, Looking East
by George Washington Wilson