About this artwork

This portrait is a suitable model of Romantic practice in photography. The body of the sculptor John Steell appears as a dark, undefined shape. His right hand, indicated by an edge of white cuff, is sunk in his coat, suggesting depth. His head and other hand are supported on an off-centre diagonal. The vague mottled background reinforces the 'romantic' effect.

Updated before 2020

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David Octavius Hill

David Octavius Hill