Here are brief comments on some of the events in George Washington
- 1853: Exhibited photographs in
exhibition (Exhibition not listed below.)
- 1854: Appointed by Prince Albert to
take photographs of the Royal Family at Balmoral, for which he was paid 3
Gns per day.
- 1855: Began to produce annual
photo-collages of many of the well known characters of Aberdeen.
This brought in business as more people competed to be included in the
- 1873: Appointed 'Photographer
Royal' to Her Majesty Queen Victoria.
- 1880: GWW was selling his views
in his Tours of Scotland albums. The purchaser was allowed to
choose which photos should be included in their album, from a selection of
over 10,000 photos in the GWW Collection.
The GW Wilson
business continued by his sons following the death of George in 1893.
Postcards were sold from 1902 onwards, but the business did not survive
against the competition from Valentine & Sons and others.
Following the collapse of the company in 1908,
Archie Strachan purchased 27,000 G W Wilson negatives and a number of
albums, together weighing over five tons! He, later, donated these
to the Queen Mother University LIbrary, Aberdeen.
David Jamieson, Haywards Heath, West Sussex,
England: June 11, 2010