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Mr Laing or Laine

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Mr Laing or Laine 1843

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  • Scottish Art
The identity of the smartly dressed tennis player in this staged scene is uncertain and yet this calotype has become a popular picture postcard. Hill and Adamson are best remembered for the subtlety and perceptiveness of their photographic portraits but at times they showed a keenness for the representation of movement. Here movement is easy to detect in the blur of the racket and the man's forearm. The player's intense gaze furthermore suggests that a tennis ball just just gone out of the picture frame.

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The first effective version of photography, using drawing or writing paper for both the negative and the positive. The paper was sensitised with potassium iodide and silver nitrate, exposed and developed in gallic acid and silver nitrate.



  • Acc. No. PGP HA 558
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 19.60 x 14.30 cm
  • Credit Provenance unknown