Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field
- Scott, Walter

Poets Featured with External Resources

Other Works in the Collection by the Photographer(s)

Related Books by Photographic Process

The Lady of the Lake (Albumen prints)

The Lord of the Isles (Albumen prints)

The Lay of the Last Minstrel (Albumen prints)


The memorial aspect of this photographic edition of Scott’s Marmion - his epic poem on the Battle of Flodden Field (1513) – is evident from the title page, on which appears a photograph of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh. Published by A.W. Bennett, one of the earliest publishers of multiple photopoetic books, the volume features the photographs of Thomas Annan (1829-1887), whose photographic company was set up in 1855. Although Annan has since become more well known for his photographs of Glasgow and the poor living conditions in the city’s slum housing (one of the first major instances of documentary photography), his commercial work was also of a high quality, with individual prints bound into albums and sold in large quantities. Annan’s illustrations consist of various structures featured in Marmion, or associated with Scott himself, including Dunfermline Abbey, Linlithgow Palace, and the City of Edinburgh. As well as topographical scenes, the focus on architectural structures was an important one in early photopoetry, and would remain prominent throughout the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries. The book follows the format of A.W. Bennett’s previous Scott publication, The Lady of the Lake (1863), suggesting that the photographically illustrated editions provided the publisher with at least some commercial success.

Book Details

Author: Scott, Walter
Title: Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field
Publication Year: 1866
Poets Featured: Scott, Walter
Photographers Featured: Annan, Thomas
Subjects: Flodden, Battle, England, 1513
Photographic process: Albumen prints

This book can be found in the University of St Andrews Library catalogue HERE