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G W Wilson

Instantaneous Views

 from Princes Street

George Washington Wilson, on his tours of Scotland, visited Edinburgh on several occasions.  He was also a member of the Photographic Society of Scotland that met in Edinburgh in the 1850s and 1860s.

Princes Street Views

Wilson was one of the first photographers to take 'instantaneous photos', taking these in Edinburgh, looking to the east along Princes Street towards Calton Hill.  His first were taken in 1859, but he returned to the same location in later years to try to improve on his original results.

These photos used short exposures and so captured sharp images of the people and vehicles in the busy Princes Street, rather than the blurs that appeared in most longer-exposure photographs of the period.

Princes Street - c.1859

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Jenny and Ray Norman

 Web site: World of Stereoviews

Princes Street - c.1860

Photogrraph of Waverley at the East End of Princes Street  -  by George Washington Wilson

  Reproduced by courtesy of the Yerbury family.   Click here for link to web site.

Dates of the Photos

Thank you to Roger Taylor for guidance in dating GW Wilson's photos of Princes Street, given in his book: George Washington Wilson - Artist and Photographer (1823-93)' [pp.72-74]. 

Roger Taylor's book has illustrations of three 'instantaneous photos' by Wilson, all from the same balcony on one of the buildings on the north side of Princes Street. 

The buildings in the foreground on the left are a guide to when the photos were taken:

-  1859:  'Sun Insurance' + 'Star Hotel'

-  1860:  'Star Hotel'

-  1863/64:  'Star Hotel' name removed. The hotel has been modernised and renamed, 'The Edinburgh Hotel'.

-  1859:  Wilson's stereo view of 1859 is far rarer than his later views. the copy of his 1859 view illustrated above is currently offered for sale, in good condition, for $120 (April 2005).  This is perhaps about five times the price that might be asked for one of Wilson's later views from the same location.

-  1863/64:  In the 1863/64 views, the name 'The Edinburgh Hotel' can be seen on two new lamp posts erected on the pavement outside the hotel.

Format of the Photos

Wilson sold his Princes Street photographs as stereo views

GW Wilson stereo card - Princes Street  -  An instantaneous view taken in 1859

 and also some cut-down to cartes-de-visite size.

GW Wilson - Carte de Visite of Princes Street  c.1859

 

Location

Map of nos 26 to 46 Princes Street, around 1900
  Reproduced with acknowledgement to National Library of Scotland

Here is a view of Wilson's horse-drawn darkroom, parked outside the hotel in Princes Street from which he took his instantaneous views.

Princes Street  -  Looking west along Princes Street from Waverlwy  -  c. 1860

Other photos from the same location

G W Wilson appears to have swung his camera through 45 degrees to look to the south-west to take other views from the same location  -  looking across Waverley Bridge towards the Old Town of Edinburgh.

GW Wilson stereo card - Waverley Bridge and Old Town from Princes Street       GW Wilson stereo card - Waverley Bridge and Old Town from Princes Street

 

G W Wilson

Background

GWW in Edinburgh

Photos and Albums

Post Cards

Photo: Burns Monument

Photo: Princes Street

Photo:  Dean Bridge

Lantern Slide

Stereo Views - List

Stereo Views - Thumbnails

GWW's Instantaneous Views:      Comparison of photos      Location

All Stereo Views:         Background        List of Publishers        Thumbnails

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks