On Display PORTRAIT GALLERY
- Scottish Art
This calotype is one of the first ever photographs taken of a civilian wearing tartan. It shows a man named Finlay who worked for the Campbell family, the owners of the island of Islay until 1853. As a professional deer stalker he would have been in charge of shooting parties, using his knowledge of the estates to find herds of deer. Unlike stag hunting on horse back, deer stalking is still a legal pursuit as long as it is carried out under proper supervision. It is seen as both a sport and a necessity - not only does it preserve agricultural crops and forestry, but it also protects the deer as rapid growth in their numbers often leads to disease and starvation.