Piper and Drummer of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, Edinburgh Castle
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Piper and Drummer of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, Edinburgh Castle April 1846
  • Scottish Art
The 92nd Gordon Highlanders were stationed at Edinburgh Castle between July 1845 and April 1846, having returned from the West Indies and before their move to Ireland, and later the Ionian Islands and Gibraltar. At the time, Hill was making preparations for his painting ‘Edinburgh Old and New’, now also in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland. His famous partnership with photographer Robert Adamson originated from the idea of creating photographic studies for large paintings, and in 1846 Hill returned to this idea. Their series of calotypes of the Gordon Highlanders also includes some of the members of the Drums & Pipes, whose role it was to lead the troops into battle and keep up morale.

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Calotype

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.

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  • Acc. No. PGP HA 346
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 20.80 x 15.70 cm
  • Credit Provenance unknown