In the 1840s, Tunny used to stand on Calton Hill above Hill and Adamson's studio. With great excitement he watched them work: "Oh! If only I could have got an introduction to these men, it would have been a consummation of my happiness!" He knew Hill in the 1850s, and a portrait such as this has something of the tenderness of Hill and Adamson's work. The man looks to the child, his hat both reducing the impression of his size and leading the eye down to the pouting girl, whom he embraces gently and lovingly.