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Title: Photograph - "Roslin Glen and Castle 76"
Identifier: 2001.5.9
Donor: Barbara Sayers Larson
Item Date: 1876
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A black and white photograph of a castle on a hill surrounded by trees. "Roslin Glen and Castle 76. G.W.W." is printed on the image. GWW likely stands for Scottish photographer George Washington Wilson. History: The photographs most likely belonged to Lucy Harris. Lucy Harris (1844-1925) was the daughter of Captain James B. (1797-1884) and Elizabeth Harris (née Molony) (1829-1884), and sister of Arthur. She lived at Benares until an inheritance in 1880 allowed her to move to Toronto in a trendy neighbourhood with her sister Elizabeth (Bessie). Lucy loved antiques and helped organize a club for women interested in ceramics. In 1876, Lucy travelled to Scotland to visit her aunts in Perthshire with her brother Arthur. In a letter to James 16 November 1876, Matilda writes about their trip back to Canada: ‘I hope Lucy and Arthur soon got over their Seasickness, and trust you and all are well.’ Their sisters, Elizabeth (Bessie) and Annie, engaged in a similar tour to Scotland, Ireland, and England in 1871. James Beveridge Harris’s sisters, Margaret Patton and Matilda Lindsay, both lived at Rose Terrace, Perth, with their cousin Margaret Anne Patton in the substantial and substantial. George Washington Wilson (1823-1893) has been considered one of Aberdeen's pioneer photographers. Wilson began his professional life as an artist and studied both in Edinburgh and Paris. Fascinated with calotypes (a negative and positive image on paper support), he pursued photography and built a photographic camera to take portraits. Establishing his own business, Wilson mastered the wet collodion technique and moved from portraits to landscapes. He constructed a portable darkroom and toured many countries taking photographs. Wilson was considered one of the best photographers in Scotland. His collection is now at the Aberdeen Public Library and the University of Aberdeen.
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