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Has anyone seen advertisements before 1867 for Mr Wilson's landscape CDVs? Earlier this year, I posted the acquisition of a watermarked 1862 carte by GWW of Peterborough Cathedral. The logo on…Continue
Started Nov 30, 2017
Is this a common variant of Mr Wilson's No. 79? I have not seen it published. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston,USA holds a pristine example of this from the Dr Oliver W. Holmes collection [My…Continue
Started Nov 6, 2017
Has anyone encountered a GW Wilson where the photographer or his employee used an area of photographic paper with the watermark not eliminated?, In this case a cdv of Peterborough Cathedral's nave…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward McCann Jun 17, 2017.
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New research based on a view of 'Roslyn Chapel --- The Apprentice's Pillar' confirms Mr Wilson introduced CDV views before late 1868. The printed caption appears on the recto and the seller's label, 'William Smith, 43 Lord Street, Liverpool' on the verso.
In 1862, the British Journal of Photography suggested to readers, they buy from Mr. Smith at 43 Lord street cartes of American personalities, published by Anthony of NYC, to support a Lancashire charity. Gore's Liverpool…Continue
Posted on September 16, 2020 at 17:00 — 22 Comments
We collectors of Mr. Wilson have much to celebrate this year with Professor Roger Taylor's just released new GW Wilson edition. Personally, my new acquisition of an album in the form of a book,containing 16 GWW views -- plus one other related to GWW's stereoscopic views -- …Continue
Posted on August 15, 2018 at 21:30
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…Continue
Posted on May 30, 2017 at 16:30 — 3 Comments
Thanks for sending the card -- it is a nice one. My apologies for taking so long to get back to you.
The image you sent is familiar to me, but I did not have it iis not in the RIC collection. The print started out as a 1/2 of a stereoview that was trimmed to fit the cdv format. The number on that cdv will match the number on the original stereoview.
As you know, Bedford travelled extensively in the early - mid 1860's. He often took his 2 kids and his wife who posed in his photos to help animate a scene. He did the same with his carriage and there are quite a few views (mostly stereoviews) with the carriage strategically placed to add depth, provide scale and/or enliven the photograph.
Thanks again for your interest and stay well.
I think GWW is still somewhat underrated due the volume of reproduction. I think time will raise his stature further. I have a similar number of images to yourself, mostly stereos and cdvs but also some larger albumen prints, I've even added a few of the late GWW postcards to my collection.
I have been working on a very large digital stereo card index database. (you cant buy them all!)
I think I may have been a little over keen in my attribution of the cdv image i posted, but the images is still very fine and one of my favorites.
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