Scope and Content
Title: Photograph album of views of Scotland
Date (inclusive): 188-?
Collection number: 94/331
Valentine, James, 1815-1879, photographer.
1 album (161 photographic prints) : albumen, 34 x 43 cm (album)
Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of leaves of stiff cardboard in various configurations, ranging from one single
large photo (19 x 24 cm) on a page, to seven photos cut into different shapes; interleaved with blank leaves of heavy white
paper; captions pencilled on mount below photograph; some photos display captions in negative, as well as stock numbers supplied
by the studio.
Album bound in brown leather album, with triple borders of gilt and black rules on covers; photographer's name along lower
margin of center panel: "By special appointment. J. Valentine, Photographer, Dundee;" textured white endpapers; all edges
Spec. Coll. copy: In modern beige cloth clamshell box with spine title "Scotland."
Abstract: Souvenir or travel album of views of Scotland by James Valentine, probably from the 1880s.
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections
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Restrictions on Access
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Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the
creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright
owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Albert Boni.
[Identification of item], Photograph album of views of Scotland (Collection 94/331). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles
E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
Scottish photographer of Dundee, well-known for portraits and landscape view. James Valentine, joined in his studio by his
sons, William Dobson Valentine, and George D. Valentine, targeted the middle and upper class tourist market, producing drawing
room albums of landscapes of Scotland, and later, England, Jamaica, Norway, Morocco, and New Zealand.
Scope and Content
The churches, castles, homes, and monuments of the city of Edinburgh figure prominently among the photographs, with opening
views of St John Church and castle, Holyrood Palace, and Scott's Monument. There is an excellent photo of the gabled buildings
along Lawn Market, which served as the market-place for what was called "Inland Merchandise," such items as yarn, stockings,
coarse cloth and other such articles, and in later years, linen. The large photo of Edinburgh Castle is surrounded with smaller
photos of several of its rooms and architectural details; a similar arrangement is used with Abbotsford, the former home of
Sir Walter Scott, highlighting the entrance hall, drawing room, study, and library. Tantallon Castle, Linlithgow Palace in
West Lothian outside of Edinburgh, Roslyn Castle, Edinburgh Abbey, gothic Melrose Abbey (where the embalmed heart of Robert
Burns is said to be buried), Kelso Abbey, and the 12th-century Dryburgh Abbey on the banks of the River Tweed are also portrayed.
The rugged landscape of Scotland is documented in numerous photos of rocky glens, waterfalls, rushing rivers, rocky coastlines
and beaches, caves, and wooded slopes. In Glasgow, Valentine has recorded the cathedral, the university, West End Park, Georges
Square, and Broomielaw Bridge. Photos of other sites include Alloway (the Burns Monument and Garden, Brig O'Doon bridge),
Oban, Glencoe (scene of the Massacre of Glencoe), Muirton (Caledonian Canal), Inverness, Ayr, Forres, Nairn (Cawdor Castle),
Aberdeen (harbor, Aberdeen Castle), Braemar (mill on the Clunie), and Blair Atholl, for its rolling countryside and rocky
falls on the Fender, as well as the Hebridean islands of Arran and Staffa (Clamshell Cave, Iona Cathedral, and Finial's Cave).
The rivers of Scotland are well documented in the album, which includes views of the Devon, Tay, Bruar, Fender, Clunie, Findhorn,
Clyde, Tweed, and Ness, as well as lakes such as Loch Lomond, Loch Katrine, Loch Kinnord and many others.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Burns, Robert, 1759-1796 --Homes and haunts --Photographs.
Scott, Walter, 1771-1832 --Homes and haunts --Photographs.
Palace of Holyroodhouse (Edinburgh, Scotland) --Photographs.
Edinburgh Castle (Edinburgh, Scotland) --Photographs.
Doune Castle (Scotland) --Photographs.
Balmoral Castle (Scotland) --Photographs.
Abbotsford (Scotland) --Photographs.
Rivers --Scotland --Photographs.
Lakes --Scotland --Photographs.
Fishing boats --Scotland --Photographs.
Carriages and carts --Scotland --Photographs.
Waterfalls --Scotland --Photographs.
Water mills --Scotland --Photographs.
Locks (Hydraulic engineering) --Photographs.
Bridges --Scotland --Photographs.
Drawbridges --Scotland --Photographs.
Castles --Scotland --Photographs.
Cathedrals --Scotland --Photographs.
Country homes --Scotland --Photographs.
Markets --Scotland --Photographs.
Architecture, Scottish --Photographs.
Abbeys --Scotland --Photographs.
Edinburgh (Scotland) --Photographs.
Glasgow (Scotland) --Photographs.
Aberdeen (Scotland) --Photographs.
Braemar (Scotland) --Photographs.
Ayr (Scotland) --Photographs.
Oban (Scotland) --Photographs.
Inverness (Scotland) --Photographs.
Moffatdale (Scotland) --Photographs.
Bute, Kyles of (Scotland) --Photographs.
Genres and Forms of Material
Other Index Terms Related to this Collection
Boni, Albert, 1892-1981, former owner.
For other Valentine photographs of Scotland, see "Photograph album of Scotland, the West Country, and Surrey" (94/107); the
2-volume album, "Glen Tilt 1871" (94/037, formerly 94/037a); and "Souvenir of Lude" (94/330, formerly 94/037b) in the Photograph
Album Collection (Collection 94) in the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections, UCLA.