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FEATURED in Quality Layered Work + HDR Group 09-01-2010
FEATURED in Architecture – The British Isles 14-01-2011
FEATURED in Your Country’s Best 16-01-2011
FEATURED in Preserving History 13-02-2011

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 28mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f8, Shutter: 1/100

Abbotsford is a historic house near Melrose in Scotland, and is situated on the south bank of the River Tweed. It was formerly the residence of historical novelist and poet, Walter Scott. It is a Category A Listed Building, and is under the contol of the Abbostford Trust. Sir Walter Scott bought the property in 1811 and then modified it to the grand house it is today. The writer died here in 1832, and the house remained in the family until recent years. Scott’s only son Walter did not live to enjoy the property, having died on his way from India in 1847. Among subsequent possessors were Scott’s son-in-law, John Gibson Lockhart, J. R. Hope Scott, Q.C., and his daughter (Scott’s great-granddaughter), the Hon. Mrs Maxwell Scott. Abbotsford opened to the public in 1833 (a year after the death of Scott, and among the first historic houses to become a public attraction) and from the outset, it was a huge hit with visitors. This resulted in his descendents extending the house and adapting the garden and landscape to cope with the huge numbers that visited. Scott’s descendants continued to live in the house until 2004. The last of his direct descendants to inhabit Abbotsford was his great-great-great-granddaughter Dame Jean Maxwell-Scott (8 June 1923 – 5 May 2004). She inherited it from her elder sister Patricia in 1998. The sisters turned the house into one of Scotland’s premier tourist attractions after they had to rely on paying visitors to afford the upkeep of the house. It had electricity installed only in 1962. Following the death of Dame Jean Maxwell Scott, a charitable trust, the Abbotsford Trust (Charity No SCO37425) was established to safeguard the house for current and future generations. The trust embarked upon an ambitious £10 million campaign to save Abbotsford in 2009. This campaign will see the repair and restoration of the house and grounds and the creation of a new visitor centre.

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – Christine Smith

  • Luke Griffin
    Luke Griffinalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful photo and processing Christine.

  • Thank you very much Luke.

    – Christine Smith

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanalmost 4 years ago

    Great work Christine.

  • Thanks very much Tony.

    – Christine Smith

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful HDR work!

  • Thank you so much Jules.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccarialmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Kathy.

    – Christine Smith

  • Lynden
    Lyndenalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely work Christine!

  • Thank you Lynden.

    – Christine Smith

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Thanks Bob.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccarialmost 4 years ago

    January 9, 2011

  • Thank you for featuring this image Kathy. I’m absolutely delighted.

    – Christine Smith

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparalmost 4 years ago

    Great work .!!!

  • Thank you very much.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccarialmost 4 years ago

    What a fantastic in vintage house Christine. This is just gorgeous and outstanding work. Congratulations to you on your well deserved feature in Quality Layered Work + HDR. Excellent. Kathy :)

  • Thank you very much for your lovely comment and kind words Kathy. I really appreciate them and the feature.

    – Christine Smith

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