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David Octavius Hill

(1802-1870), Landscape and portrait painter; pioneer photographer

Sitter associated with 22 portraits
Artist associated with 382 portraits
David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson were among the first in the world to grasp the artistic possibilities of photography. They were brought together at the Disruption of the Church of Scotland in 1843, a significant event that laid the foundations for the Free Church of Scotland. Adamson photographed the participants as studies for a proposed painting by Hill, but the two men quickly realised the potential of the new medium as an end in itself and not just as a means to an end. Between 1843 and Adamson's death in 1848, they made over 3,000 calotype images, of Edinburgh's great and good, of fisherfolk and soldiers, of visiting celebrities and of landscapes and buildings.

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James Brewster, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(54)

James Brewster

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(54)

Robert Bryson, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(38)

Robert Bryson

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(38)

Robert Bryson, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(80)

Robert Bryson

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(80)

Jabez Bunting, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(47)

Jabez Bunting

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(47)

Jabez Bunting, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(46)

Jabez Bunting

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(46)

James Glencairn Burns, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(50)

James Glencairn Burns

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(50)

William Hamilton Burns, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(86)

William Hamilton Burns

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(86)

Patrick Byrne ('Irish Harper'), by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(146)

Patrick Byrne ('Irish Harper')

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(146)

Patrick Byrne ('The Irish Harper's Hippocrene'), by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(148)

Patrick Byrne ('The Irish Harper's Hippocrene')

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, circa 1843
NPG P6(148)

Patrick Byrne ('Irish Harper'), by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(150)

Patrick Byrne ('Irish Harper')

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(150)

Patrick Byrne, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(152)

Patrick Byrne

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(152)

Graham Fyvie, Robert Cadell and Robert Cunningham Graham Spiers, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(139)

Graham Fyvie, Robert Cadell and Robert Cunningham Graham Spiers

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(139)

Abraham Capadose, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(26)

Abraham Capadose

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(26)

Thomas Chalmers, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(6)

Thomas Chalmers

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(6)

Thomas Chalmers, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(5)

Thomas Chalmers

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(5)

'Edie Ochiltree' (Elizabeth Cleghorn (née Cockburn); John Henning), by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(151)

'Edie Ochiltree' (Elizabeth Cleghorn (née Cockburn); John Henning)

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(151)

George Combe, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(87)

George Combe

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843
NPG P6(87)

George Cook, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(13)

George Cook

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(13)

David Maitland Makgill Crichton, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(81)

David Maitland Makgill Crichton

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(81)

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