painting shows the signing of the Act of Separation and Deed of Demission
on 23 May 1843.
1,500 people attended the signing of the Act of Separation. There are 457 figures in the
painting, including a few who were not present at the ceremony.
Robert Adamson is included in the picture with his camera. D O
Hill is close behind him writing on his notepad. In the doorway at
the upper right-hand corner is Thomas Annan.
(The Annans produced photogravures from a number of D O
Hill's images in the late 19th century.)
Despite the effort, over many years, that went into producing the
painting, it is not regarded as a success artistically. The figures
to not create a very pleasing or believable composition. Some of the
figures are represented as they looked in the early 1840s and others as
they looked many years later. There are some examples of
'three-headed' figures, where not enough room was left on the canvas to
include all the bodies. [GFCS]
D O Hill started his disruption painting in 1843 but did not finish the
work until 1865, after some encouragement by his wife who considered it
took up too much space in their house. It was 11ft 4ins wide.
Hill's wife may well have helped by painting some of the figures herself.
[Article found by Roddy Simpson]