Robert Adamson & David Octavius Hill

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

About this artwork

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

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.