John Hollingworth Mann
G.W. Wilson was both a painter and pioneer photographer. Born in 1823 near Banff in Aberdeenshire, Wilson studied art in Edinburgh and elsewhere and worked as a painter of portrait miniatures. In the process he learned about the recently invented calotype photographic process and in 1852 set up a portrait photography studio in Aberdeen which became hugely successful. His portable darkroom also allowed him to take landscape photographs around the country and overseas.
George Washington Wilson ( 1850s - Self portrait )
By the 1880s, his firm was one of the largest and most famous photographic publishers in the world. So much so that he employed various photographers over the world to work on his behalf something which often makes it hard to tell exactly who took any particular photograph accredited to G.W.Wilson and Co. This is especially true of Gibraltar where it is more than likely that the man who was actually behind the camera was John Hollingworth Mann ( See LINK )
The vast collection of surviving glass negatives of Wilson's photographs - some of which were taken as early as 1868 - are now mostly held by the University of Aberdeen. Among them are some of the best photographs ever taken of Gibraltar ( see LINK ) - and of the Campo area in Spain. ( See LINK )