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The Adamson Family
by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson Click on the links below to find out more
calotype, circa 1844-1845
7 1/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (181 mm x 143 mm)
Given by an anonymous donor, 1973
- Robert Adamson (1821-1848), Pioneer photographer. Artist associated with 382 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- David Octavius Hill (1802-1870), Landscape and portrait painter; pioneer photographer. Artist associated with 382 portraits, Sitter associated with 22 portraits.
Britain experiences a railway boom. Peel's government passes a series of Acts creating provision of cheap, regular rail services. George Hudson, the first great railway entrepreneur, who controlled over 1,000 miles of railway track and whose enterprises made York a major commercial and transport hub, becomes known as 'the Railway King'.
Art and science
is published. The first of his 1840s 'Young England' trilogy, it was the cultural manifesto of Disraeli's vision for a new Conservativism, uniting the two nations of the rich and poor.David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson set up their innovative and pioneering photography studio in Edinburgh, capturing portraits of both Scottish society figures and workers, as well as urban and rural landscape scenes.
Tensions continue to mount in Eastern Europe over Russian imperialist ambitions, as Tsar Nicholas I describes the Ottoman Empire as 'the Sick Man of Europe'.With the overthrow of the Haitians, the Spanish-speaking portion of the island of Hispaniola gains independence, as the Dominican Republic.