The Lord of the Isles
- Scott, Walter

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Commentary

Scott’s The Lord of the Isles, published with nine photographs of Scottish scenery, continues the photopoetic vogue of the 1860s of appropriating the popularity of Scott’s poetry to create a product relevant to the burgeoning tourist trade within the British Isles. The landscape photographs are titled and accompanied by quotations from the poem itself. That mounted on the title page, an image of Loch Scavaig, Skye, is captioned with,

A scene so rude, so wild as this,
Yet so sublime in barrenness,
Ne’er did my wandering footsteps press,
Where’er I happ’d to roam.

The photographer, and by implication the reader and tourist, can succeed where the speaker fails, travelling to these remote Scottish locations and recording the barrenness of the landscapes with their cameras. This highlights one of the advantages of using a historical narrative poem over a collection of small pieces: the apparent veracity of the photographic image, in confirming the places actually visited by the characters or historical personages, encourages the reader to visit them him/herself. [It is notable, too, that this volume represented the [first] photopoetic book published by Provost & Co., demonstrating the expansion of the photopoetic market beyond A. W. Bennett.]

Book Details

Author: Scott, Walter
Title: The Lord of the Isles
Publication Year: 1871
Poets Featured: Scott, Walter
Photographers Featured: Sedgfield, William Russell; Thompson, Stephen
Subjects: Robert I, King of Scots, 1274-1329, Scotland
Photographic process: Albumen prints

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

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