George Troup and William Gibson

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George Troup and William Gibson 1843 - 1847
  • Scottish Art
This calotype by Hill and Adamson portrays journalists George Troup and William Gibson, apparently engaged in intense discussion. Troup and Gibson were both editors of ‘The Banner of Ulster’ newspaper and Troup subsequently worked on the ‘Aberdeen Banner’ and ‘The Witness’. The calotype was one of many studies for Hill’s large-scale Disruption painting. The subject of this painting was to be the disagreement within the Church of Scotland and the subsequent signing of the Deed of Demission. The painting would include some 500 portraits, and the need to record the features of so many people led to the famous partnership between painter Hill and photographer Robert Adamson.

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The first effective version of photography, using drawing or writing paper for both the negative and the positive. The paper was sensitised with potassium iodide and silver nitrate, exposed and developed in gallic acid and silver nitrate.


After years of dissension within the Church of Scotland, in 1843 a group of 150 ministers walked out of the General Assembly to form the Free Church of Scotland. The main issues were the right to veto clerical appointments and the desire of the dissenters to retain their spiritual independence.

Calotype, Disruption


  • Acc. No. PGP HA 423
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 19.70 x 14.50 cm
  • Credit Provenance unknown