Balmoral Castle, From Craig-An-Gowan
Photographer: Wilson, George Washington
Medium: Photographic print
"Beneath the shadow of Craig-an-gowan, upon a sloping lawn encircled by the Dee, stands the lovely Castle of Balmoral, which, being the Summer Residence of her Majesty the Queen, is of great interest to all her subjects.
It was purchased by the late Prince Consort, and rebuilt after designs by William Smith, City Architect of Aberdeen, in the old Scottish Baronial style, with modifications in some of its details.
From the remarkably pure and light gray colour of the building, the Castle, at a distance, looks as if it had been hewn out of one of the huge granite rocks which, in the North of Scotland, stand like solitary giants in the plains, and, being surrounded on every side by noble ranges of hills, seems
'With rock-wall encircled, with precipice crown'd.'"
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson