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David Octavius Hill (1802-70) and Robert Adamson (1821-48) 'Calotype Studies'

Maker:  Maker Unknown




David Octavius Hill (1802-70) and Robert Adamson (1821-48) 'Calotype Studies', 1846. A rare and highly important album containing a total of 127 photographs comprising 100 calotype photographs by Hill & Adamson, the majority approximately 8 x 6in. or the reverse, but including three smaller examples 6 x 4 1/2in., 6 3/8 x 4 7/8in. and 6 x 4 3/8in., the majority titled in ink on mounts, twenty-four titled in pencil in a later hand; twenty-seven photographs by other photographers added after the main body of work, comprising nine calotypes or salt prints from glass negatives, one 10 3/8 x 15 3/8in. by Benjamin Brecknell Turner, the others various sizes from 3 1/2 x 4in. to 8 3/8 x 6 5/8in., two titled and dated 10 October 1851 and 1856 on verso; three albumen prints from paper negatives, also by Brecknell Turner, 11 5/8 x 15 1/2in., 10 7/8 x 15 1/4in. and 10 3/4 x 15 1/4in., and fifteen other albumen prints, various sizes from approximately 4 x 3in. to 9 1/2 x 14 1/2in., several now only loosely laid in album, two inscribed in pencil on verso by Delamotte Bond St. and three dated 1853 in pencil on verso, title page inscribed in ink 'A Series of Calotypes by D. O. Hill, R.S.A. and Robert Adamson. Edinburgh MDCCCXLVI', the words 'and others' inserted in pencil after 'Adamson', bookplate of Henry Bicknell, Cavendish House, Clapham Common, inside front cover, red morocco, re-backed, with the original front and back covers and spine laid down, gilt, titled in gilt on front 'Calotype Studies, D. O. Hill R.S.A. and Robert Adamson', and again on the spine, 23 3/4 x 19 1/2in.

ID:  98607



Photograph Album is on indefinite loan to the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland. The public can make an appointment to view by contacting the Curator of the Photography Collection by post at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD or by e-mail to