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Hill & Adamson

Summary

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-  Early Days

-  Hill & Adamson  -  1843-1847

-  Calotypes  -  Newhaven Fishwives

-  Calotypes  -  Ministers of the Free Church of Scotland

-  Press Comment on the photography of Hill & Adamson

 

DO Hill

Early Days

David Octavius Hill was the eighth child in his family - hence the name Octavius.  He was born in Perth in 1802, son of Thomas Hill, bookseller and publisher.

He moved to Edinburgh in 1818, and joined Blackwoods publishers in Edinburgh and became Head Clerk in 1821.   -  Or maybe he didn't!  ***

DO Hill became Secretary of Royal Scottish Academy in 1830, a post he held until 1869.  In this capacity he worked with many of the leading British artists, and exhibited about 300 of his own landscapes at the Royal Scottish Academy.  He was a strong supporter of his fellow artists in their negotiations with the patronage bodies.

***  Please see Question below

Question

Did DO Hill work for Blackwoods?

Is my comment above, about DO Hill working for Blackwoods, correct?  I ask this because somebody who has done extensive research on DO Hill was surprised to read my comment above.

Unfortunately, at the time that I added this comment  to the web site, about ten years ago, I was not adding references to the sources of all my statements to the web site.

I think I may have taken this comment  from the catalogue of an exhibition about DO Hill held at Perth Library, possibly around 1970, commemorating the centenary of Hill's death

I don't have a copy of the catalogue so I cannot check if that was the source, or  indeed whether or not I made an error when I added this information to the web site.

I see the Gazetteer of Scotland web site also includes a comment that DO Hill worked for Blackwoods in 1818, but this is dated 2011 and is unattributed, so perhaps it was taken from the comment above on the EdinPhoto web site!

This page on Wikipedia mentions that DO Hill's older brother, Alexander, moved from Perth to Edinburgh to join the publisher, Blackwoods - so this may have been the source of some confusion.

Peter Stubbs:  April 27, 2011

I've not yet found any evidence to support my comment above about DO Hill having worked for Blackwoods, it is probably best to assume that he never worked for Blackwoods.

Peter Stubbs:  April 30, 2011

Reply?

Please email me if you have any views on this topic.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  April 27, 2011

 

Hill & Adamson  -  1843-47

Between 1843 and 1847, Hill & Adamson worked in partnership to produce over 5000 photographs by Talbot's calotype process.

These, included buildings in Edinburgh and St Andrews, fisherwomen of Newhaven, many portraits of artists and several hundred portraits of Ministers of Church of Scotland.

 

Hill & Adamson Calotypes

Newhaven Fishwives

    Hill & Adamson  -  Newhaven  -  calotype

Hill & Adamson took many photos of Newhaven Fishwives.  The image above is taken from the only Hill & Adamson calotype negative that remains in the possession of EPS.

Edinburgh Photographic Society donated its collection of Hill & Adamson calotype negatives to The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 1987.  An exhibition was staged at the Gallery in the 1990s.

 

Hill & Adamson Calotypes

Ministers of the Free Church of Scotland 

From an extensive series of calotype portraits of ministers, Hill produced a painting of the 1843 Disruption of the Church of Scotland, when over 400 Ministers walked out of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and founded the Free Church of Scotland - a move supported by Sir David Brewster.  

The painting measured 11ft x 4 ft. 8ins.  Hill began working on it in 1843 and completed it in 1866.  This Painting now hangs on the wall of the Free Church's offices, The Mound, Edinburgh.

The Disruption painting was DO Hill's most ambitious undertaking, but the result is generally accepted as being less successful than his calotypes.  Many of the individual figures have been criticised as not fitting in well to make a satisfying, believable composition.

 

Press Comment on Hill & Adamson's photography

Hill & Adamson's work was highly praised in the Press when it was exhibited in the 1850s.

The significance of this  work appears to have gone unrecognised at the time of Hill's death in 1870.  [Obituaries]

However, interest was revived around 1900 when Francis Caird Inglis and James Craig Annan made prints from their work.     [HA:EVA]. 

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photogrpahers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.  Details of who owns the copyright of photographs and other mateiral on this web site.

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Frequently Asked Questions

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