About this artwork

Chalmers was a preacher and social reformer. He was on the evangelical side of the Church of Scotland and led the breakaway group that formed the Free Church in 1843. David Octavius Hill photographed the preacher and social reformer Thomas Chalmers sitting with his family in the ground of Merchiston Castle School. In 1844, three years after Chalmers’s death, Hill, who was a painter as well as a photographer, painted this picture basing it on his earlier calotype.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Rev. Thomas Chalmers, 1780 - 1847. Preacher and social reformer (With his grandson Thomas Chalmers Hanna)
  • date created:
    About 1853
  • after:
    Robert AdamsonScottish (1821 - 1848)
  • materials:
    Oil on millboard
  • measurements:
    40.60 x 30.50 cm (framed: 62.80 x 53.60 x 7.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1976
  • accession number:
    PG 2365
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
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David Octavius Hill

David Octavius Hill