Sir John Steell, 1804 - 1891. Sculptor

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Sir John Steell, 1804 - 1891. Sculptor about 1845
  • Scottish Art
This portrait is a suitable model of Romantic practice in photography. The body of the sculptor John Steell appears as a dark, undefined shape. His right hand, indicated by an edge of white cuff, is sunk in his coat, suggesting depth. His head and other hand are supported on an off-centre diagonal. The vague mottled background reinforces the 'romantic' effect.

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  • Acc. No. PGP HA 381
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 19.00 x 14.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by James Brownlee Hunter 1928