Robert Adamson & David Octavius Hill

David Octavius Hill and Professor James Miller. Known as 'The Morning After "He greatly daring dined"'

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This image demonstrates the complexity of Hill's compositions. It is a joke about his own hangover and a warning about the after-effects of unreasonable alcohol consumption, from which the Roman bust appears to be turning away in disgust. Hill's wrist is held by the surgeon and anatomist, Professor James Miller, who stares reproachfully at the embarrassed artist. From letters we know that Hill liked his ale and frequented literary and artistic gatherings where 'the wit and intelligence improved with the quantity of drink and the lateness of the hour'.

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Robert Adamson

David Octavius Hill

Robert Adamson

David Octavius Hill