sudden death of George Washington Wilson was announced in Photography
on 16 Mar 1883. The journal referred to him as
one of the veterans of photography in Scotland, and a photographer whose
name is known all over the world."
journal reported that GW Wilson had been:
was born in Alvah, Banffshire.
was appointed a joiner in his native parish.
did a good deal of portrait painting.
studied at the Academy schools in Edinburgh.
studied at the Royal Academy School in London.
received lessons from the miniature portrait painter, Mr Corbould.
returned to Aberdeen, intending to take up portrait painting.
constructed several remarkably good lenses, with which he carried out a
series of very interesting experiments.
entered in to partnership as a miniature portrait painter with Mr Hay
experimented with stereoscopic photography.
was the first person to photograph the Queen and Prince Consort at Old
Balmoral, and returned frequently to take more photographs.
was commissioned by Emperor Frederick to paint a series of sketches
of Deeside scenery.
commenced business as a photographer at 25 Crown Street, Aberdeen
travelled to Braemar, the Trossachs, the Falls of Clyde and many of the
wilder parts of Scotland.
became a director of the Opera House Company and Aberdeen Music Hall and
of the Aberdeen Market Company.
ceased, in recent years, to take a leading role in his photographic
business, but returned to painting, producing oil portraits of several of
his old friends.
Wilson saw the expansion of his business, and converted his business into
a limited company, the negotiations being concluded on the date of his
was survived by his widow, four daughters and five sons, three of whom
worked for his business.
16 Mar 1893]