John Adamson's Dog, Blanche (with Dr. Oswald Home Bell, 1835 - 1875, in the background)
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John Adamson's Dog, Blanche (with Dr. Oswald Home Bell, 1835 - 1875, in the background) about 1855
  • Scottish Art
In his later work in the 1850s and 60s, John Adamson used the collodion negative. He wrote: 'This is the most beautiful of all photographic processes. Pictures are taken by it almost instantaneously, with a minuteness of detail and a delicacy of expression which give results no less wonderful than beautiful.' In this photograph of his greyhound, Blanche, only her flickering ear betrays her energy.

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Collodion

A transparent film of gun cotton dissolved in ether and containing potassium iodide spread over a glass plate negative. Wet collodion was sensitised on the spot and developed immediately. It gives high resolution of detail. Dry collodion was usually found to be less sensitive.

Collodion

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  • Acc. No. PGP 178.26
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 14.80 x 19.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1988