From the Inside Flap
In 1885 Aberdeen photographers George Washington Wilson and Norman MacLeod travelled through the Western Isles of Scotland to St Kilda. They took many photographs along the way and their collection of pictures, `From Oban to Skye' and `The Outer Hebrides' were seen as lantern slides throughout the UK and around the world. In 2004 Mark Butterworth acquired a rare hand coloured set of the slides, complete with the original lecture notes.
The images and text in this book come from this double set of lantern slides which was produced in the late 1880s. Individually hand coloured onto the glass plates, these images capture the Western Isles and their way of life in evocative detail. Published here for the first time as a complete set, many of the images, particularly those of St Kilda and its inhabitants, are iconic and are well known among enthusiasts of Western Isles history. However, these contemporary hand coloured slides are rarely seen and present a new light on life in the Western Isles, produced as they were fifty years before colour photography came to Scotland.
About the Author
A leading expert on the photographic lantern slides of Scotland produced during the 19th century, Mark Butterworth gives regular presentations with an original Victorian magic lantern projector and slides, speaking to Societies, Conferences and specialist groups. He is engaged in ongoing research into the slides and photographs produced by the George Washington Wilson Company of Aberdeen and his collection of their slides is one of the largest in private hands. He was awarded 2nd prize in the 2008-2009 Projection Box Essay Awards, for his research on Wilson's lantern slides of Australia. Mark is an active member of the Magic Lantern Society and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.