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Early 1860s Advertisements by GW Wilson offering Landscape CDVs?

    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

Variant "A Breaking Wave [Instantaneous] No. 79" by George Washington Wilson.

       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

Dated and named photographic paper used in 1862 CDV by GW Wilson.
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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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Edward McCann commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
"                     A wonderful CDV 10 leaf album has come into my modest Mr. Wilson collection. I'm always attempting to collect quality rather than quantity, and this artifact "…"
May 3
Edward McCann commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
" I recently acquired Mr. Wilson's stereograph # 348 with a "W.Smith,43 Lord Street, Liverpool " label on the verso.  The carte that established GWW issued CDVs early in the 1860s, with the Smith label, was from the…"
Apr 21
Edward McCann commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post David Hurn donates from his archive to the MPF collection
"  I loved David Hurn's photographs in Bill Jay's Negative/ Positive, along with the author's advice that photographers strive to be "great.""
Apr 12
Steven Evans left a comment for Edward McCann
"Hello Edward. 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…"
Apr 10
Edward McCann commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Ryerson acquires Francis Bedford Research Collection
" Absolutely wonderful!"
Mar 31
Edward McCann commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
"                                                                                  Coda                                                         …"
Mar 24
Edward McCann commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
"                                                                                                                        Conclusion.     George Washington Wilson's contribution to…"
Jan 12
Edward McCann commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
"   Correction: "Roslyn Chapel -- The Apprentice's Pillar" cdv is from GWW's stereograph negative # 362 taken early in 1862, not 1863.     The tinted album filler invitation card holds a clue to its GWW origin.…"
Dec 28, 2020
Edward McCann commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
" As Ian Wallace suggests, the finely tinted album filler with eight GWW views is likely an original Wilson. W.C. Darrah in " Cartes de Visite in Nineteenth Century Photography" wrote, "pirating of scenic cartes... was seldom a…"
Dec 20, 2020
Ian Wallace commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
"For my penny's worth I would think it is possibly by Wilson assuming you can match all the images.  He had the experience of photo montages from his commercially very successful photographs of Aberdeen dignitaries in the later 1850s. …"
Dec 15, 2020
Edward McCann commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
"                                                                            An Original Wilson?                Revisited, on the right, is the pre-1867 sold GWW CDV view -- with the W. Smith of 43 Lord Street, Liverpool retail label on the verso --…"
Dec 15, 2020
Edward McCann commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
"  Ian --  so many answers, perhaps, out there  for the determined or lucky collector --Edward."
Nov 27, 2020
Ian Wallace commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
"Hello Edward/Peter I think the other person who comes to mind as a comparison in this context is Francis Bedford.  Steven Evans shows a topographical CDV around 1860 on his Bedford timeline and notes that it is a cut down stereographic image…"
Nov 26, 2020
Edward McCann commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
" Hello Peter -- Could it be the unavailability of albums? I've never seen an album for collecting 4x3 album format prints, with one exception.   Mr. Wilson did produce, for his theme souvenir 4x3 prints on thin uncaptioned…"
Nov 26, 2020
Peter Blair commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
"Hi Edward, I am glad that you have now proved that 1868 date for GWW introduction of CDVs is too late. It always seemed inconceivable to me that the most entrepreneurial of all photographers would not be churning out CDVs while they were hot in the…"
Nov 26, 2020
Edward McCann commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
" In my collection are 62 recto numbered carte views -- 42 with blank versos -- so common today.  Perhaps, these are the CDV views reviewed in The Art Journal, December1,1868: " They are recent additions to the extensive series he has…"
Nov 24, 2020

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Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.

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…

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Posted on September 16, 2020 at 17:00 — 21 Comments

'G. W. Wilson Stereoscopic Views' book casing.

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 -- …

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Posted on August 15, 2018 at 21:30

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…

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Posted on May 30, 2017 at 16:30 — 3 Comments

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At 18:05 on April 10, 2021, Steven Evans said…

Hello Edward.

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.

Steven

At 0:58 on July 5, 2014, Ian Wallace said…

Hi Edward,

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.

Regards

ian

 
 
 

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