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.