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.

    David Octavius Hill

    John Le Conte

    David Octavius Hill

    John Le Conte