First Scots showing of rare royal photos

A UNIQUE series of photographs from the reign of Queen Victoria, loaned from the Royal Collection, are to go on display in Scotland for the first time.

The exhibition of 19th- century photographs, collected by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, will make its debut at its only Scottish showing from this weekend at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

The exhibition features the work of early photographic pioneers, Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron, and includes pictures of the Empress of India and her family and some of the first photographs taken of Balmoral Castle, the Royal Family's retreat on Royal Deeside.

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Christine Rew, the city council's Art Gallery and Museums manager, said: "

Fenton and Cameron are regarded as two of the most important people in the history of photography."