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Photograph of a view of the Melacca river, Malaysia. There are a large number of boats on the river, a selection with cabins and thatched roofs. On the left side of the river are a series of buildings, many of which are on stilts. Groups of people are sea

Many presentation albums of photographs have been given as gifts

Robert Murray (1822-1893)

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh 1882

RCIN 2620076

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Scottish photographer Robert Murray (1822-93) proclaimed that he learnt to photograph 'entirely from a shilling guide book' during a stay in Egypt in the 1850s. Despite these simple beginnings, Murray would master the medium to become a celebrated landscape photographer. This photograph of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh is from an album of photographs of Scottish scenery. Murray presented the album to Queen Victoria (1819-1901) in 1882. He inscribed the first page, '[p]resented to Her Majesty with a sentiment of profound respect and devotion.'