"'Cheapside, London, Looking East', c 1890."
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
"In the foreground is a statue of Robert Peel. A photograph from an album of sixty photographic views of London, published by George Washington Wilson (1823-1893). Wilson established a popular photographic studio in Aberdeen in 1848. In 1873 he received a Royal Warrant as photographer to Queen Victoria. By the 1880s he had built up a substantial business that was one of the world's largest publishers of topographic views, producing thousands of stereocards, cartes de visite and albumen prints. Although the photographs were usually marked with George Washington Wilson's initials, many were actually taken by assistants like Charles Wilson (1865-1958), his son."