The Victorians were the harbingers of the modern age, their society driven by curiosity, a zeal for invention, and an enormous appetite for economic and imperial consumption.
By the end of the nineteenth century, Scotland was a nation transformed. Glasgow had exploded into the second city of the Empire, the majestic Forth Bridge was celebrated as a wonder of the modern world, and railways had opened the remote Highlands to new industries of leisure and tourism. But for every grand museum or gothic revival country house, tenements and slums rose in their thousands – overcrowded living for the vast army of workers that sustained the great Victorian machine.
Now, for the first time, HES is showcasing images from its National Collection in a remarkable illustration of this landmark age. From the pioneering work of photographers like John Forbes White and Harry Bedford Lemere, to never-before-seen excerpts from private family albums, Victorian Scotland is a window on the lives of the generation who changed the world.
‘A remarkable illustration of the Victorian era’ The Scotsman
‘Make no mistake, these photographs, reproduced to a wonderful standard, are indeed works of art ... The authors have chosen both their images and their words well ... The commentary adds a further dimension, even for those who feel themselves already familiar with Victorian values and with Scotland as a whole.’ The Victorian Magazine
300 x 245mm
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and History Monuments of Scotland