Burd Alane
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Burd Alane about 1860
  • Scottish Art
After the death of Robert Adamson, Hill abandoned photography and returned to painting. However around 1860 he entered a partnership with the photographer, Alexander MacGlashan, which may have lasted no more than a few days. Hill persuaded MacGlashan to work in the Rock House garden on Calton Hill, where this picture was taken. Burd Alane means 'only child'. Hill was particularly sensitive to this notion because he was a widower with an only daughter, Charlotte. She died giving birth to her only son in 1862.

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  • Acc. No. PGP EPS 96
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 27.10 x 21.20 cm
  • Credit Edinburgh Photographic Society Collection, gifted 1987