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George Washington Wilson: Queen Victoria’s Photographer in Scotland

Queen Victoria on top of a horse next to her steward

Palace of Holyroodhouse

  • Next event: Friday, 17 Jul 2020
    Daily (Friday, 17 Jul 2020 - Sunday, 4 Oct 2020)
  • Adults, Groups (15+ people)
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Famous for his portrait of Queen Victoria on her horse ‘Fyvie’, accompanied by her servant John Brown, George Washington Wilson was at the time among the best known of royal photographers. His picturesque images helped popularise a romantic view of the Scottish landscape. These were sold to the Victorian middle classes holidaying in Scotland, a pursuit popularised by the royal family’s love of the country. The display includes royal portraits made for Queen Victoria’s personal photograph collection and Wilson’s beautiful views of Scotland.

Map & directions

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Palace at Broad Pavement. Please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more details.

Accessible parking spaces are located on Horse Wynd, just outside the Palace, on a first-come first-serve basis.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15 minute walk from the station.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is York Place. The Palace is a 20 minute walk from the station. Visit Edinburgh Trams for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and 35 stop near the Palace.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Limited free coach parking is available adjacent to the Palace. Alternative pay-and-display coach parking is available on nearby Regent Road.