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The Photography of Victorian Scotland$
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Roddy Simpson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780748654611

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748654611.001.0001

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

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

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(p.21) Chapter 2 David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson: The ‘Partnership of Genius’ and the First Art Photography
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The Photography of Victorian Scotland
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Roddy Simpson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748654611.003.0003

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

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