Patric Park

David Octavius Hill, 1802 - 1870. Artist and pioneer photographer

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About this artwork

As Secretary to the Royal Scottish Academy, Hill was a key figure within the Scottish arts scene. He was liked and respected by many artists, in part because of his convivial personality, which Park has attempted to evoke in this portrait bust. By profession, Hill was a painter who pursued an ideal view of landscape painting together with an interest in the effects of light.  Two of his most important works are Edinburgh Old and New (1846) and his grand historical painting, The First General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (1843). This marble bust shows Hill at about the time when he was making photographs with Robert Adamson. Together the two men formed the pioneering partnership of Hill and Adamson that forever changed the course of photography.

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  • artist:
    Patric ParkScottish (1811 - 1855)
  • title:
    David Octavius Hill, 1802 - 1870. Artist and pioneer photographer
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • materials:
    Marble
  • measurements:
    81.30 cm (height)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Transferred from the National Gallery of Scotland 1924
  • accession number:
    PG 969
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Patric Park

Patric Park