Lochs and Follies: The Picturesque in Scotland

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Jun 9 2017 - Sep 17 2017

This exhibition closely examines a number of important sites in rural Scotland through mid to late 19th-century photographs, along with the then century-old notion of the picturesque, and the tourist and consumer culture which fueled the production and sale of location-based photography. Created by the Scottish artists James Valentine, George Washington Wilson, and Thomas Annan, these photographs also exhibit a fascination with and desire for novel photochemical processes.

Among the exhibition's subject matter are follies – fragments of historical abbeys and other architectural remnants – and lochs, including the famed Loch Katrine and additional inland waterways nestled in the glens of Scotland’s rolling landscape.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

  • Photography
  • British
  • 19th Century
  • James Valentine
  • George Washington Wilson
  • Thomas Annan

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