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David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson: The ‘Partnership of Genius’ and the First Art Photography

Roddy Simpson

in The Photography of Victorian Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748654611
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676729 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748654611.003.0003
David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson: The ‘Partnership of Genius’ and the First Art Photography

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This chapter describes the partnership of David Octavius Hill (1802–70) and Robert Adamson (1821–48), which was formed a few years after the invention of photography. The partnership took the medium to a new level, with the application of unsurpassed artistic creativity. Robert Adamson with his camera and D. O. Hill with his sketchpad are shown in Hill's painting titled The First General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland, Signing the Act of Separation and Deed of Demission at Tanfield, Edinburgh, 23 May 1843. The painting hangs in the offices of the Free Church of Scotland at the Mound, Edinburgh. It is normally referred to as the Disruption painting and was the reason Hill and Adamson started to work together.

Keywords: photography; David Octavius; Robert Adamson; partnership

Chapter.  7683 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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