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Princes Street, Looking East

Princes Street, Looking East

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868


Item number: 5

Length: 9.6

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The east end of Princes Street is adorned with handsome buildings. Among these the Rigister House, which is the depository for Public Records and transaction of public business, the Post-Office, and the offices of the Inland Revenue, are of much interest. The open colonnades on either side of the street are greatly admired; and it was upon entering this street, and contemplating the Calton Hill before him, that George IV. exclaimed, in royal rapture, 'How superb.' In the distance, as if the watch-tower of Princes Street, is Nelson's Monument, now serving a very useful purpose in connection with the Time-Ball, which falls from the flag-staff at one o'clock, and being connected with the Castle by an electric wire, causes one of the guns to fire simultaneously.

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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