David Octavius Hill

Unidentified minister (Sketch for the The Signing of the Deed of Demission, The Disruption of the Church of Scotland 1843)

About this artwork

  • title:
    Unidentified minister (Sketch for the The Signing of the Deed of Demission, The Disruption of the Church of Scotland 1843)
  • accession number:
    PG 3128
  • artist:
    David Octavius Hill (1802 - 1870)
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas laid on board
  • date created:
    Dated 1843
  • measurements:
    15.80 x 14.90 cm (framed: 24.40 x 23.30 x 4.80 cm)
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Miss Aileen Graham 1998

David Octavius Hill

David Octavius Hill

A painter and a lithographer by training, David Octavius Hill is best remembered for the beauty of the calotypes he and Robert Adamson produced together. Hill was a sociable and kind-hearted man who did much to support the arts in Scotland and between 1830 and 1836 he was the unpaid Secretary of the newly established Royal Scottish Academy. After Adamson's death, Hill's attempt to start a new partnership with the photographer Alexander MacGlashan around 1860 failed. Hill is to this day revered as one of the first in the trade who transformed photography into an art form.