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date: 26 October 2020

Wilson, George Washingtonlocked

(1823–1893)
  • Roger Taylor

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Wilson, George Washington (1823–1893), miniature painter and photographer, was born on 7 February 1823 at Brownside croft, Alvah, Banff, Scotland, the second son of the eleven children of George Wilson (1777–1848), a crofter from Banff, and his second wife, Elspet Hurd (1798–1883). He was educated in the local parish school (1830–35), but left at the age of twelve to be apprenticed to a local carpenter and house builder. During this time he developed an interest in art so strong that he gave up his secure job in 1846 and moved to ...

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