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George Washington Wilson Exhibition and Lecture / 22 June, 2017

From 22 June 2017 until the end of August, the Atwater Library,1200 Avenue Atwater, Westmount,Quebec will host an exhibition of  Edward McCann's private collection of G W Wilson photographs. McCann is the  former Curator of the Royal Canadian Police Museum and volunteer curator of the library. For 188 years, the Atwater was known as the Mechanics' Institute of Montreal. Mr Wilson and his then partner Mr Hay, won a medal at the Aberdeen Mechanics' Institute in December,1853, so it seems an appropriate venue to revisit GW WIlson's best work.

The title of the exhibition is "The Artistic Mr Wilson." Attached is an image of the interior of Fingal's Cave that McCann considers one of Mr Wilson's masterpieces. It's an album format print -- 3 1/4x 4 1/4 -- a true half stereo negative size, in an early album of ten views of Staffa and Iona entitled "Photographs of Scottish Scenery by G. W. Wilson." nd P1050430.JPG

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Comment by Paul Hill on June 5, 2017 at 16:49

Thanks Edward. That is great! IVY COTTAGE, BRADBOURNE, ASHBOURNE DE6 1PB.

Yours, Paul

Comment by Edward McCann on June 5, 2017 at 16:21

 Paul Hill --Yours truly has been corresponding with Roger since May, 2014. I started collecting nineteenth century photographs here in Montreal in 1970, when I was a young history museum curator. Very few people in North America where doing it, except it seemed for profit.As of 1988, my collection ended up in our National archives, since it's Canadian in content.

If you send me your mailing address please, I'd be happy to send you a complimentary copy of the leaflet that goes with the 'show.' I'm hoping to promote Roger's second edition and Peter Blair's list of GWW's stereos. Best wishes, Edward McCann

Comment by Paul Hill on June 5, 2017 at 13:52
Our most eminent photo historian Roger Taylor has an updated new edition of his excellent book on GWW coming out. Watch this space....

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