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Mrs Anne (Palgrave) Rigby, 1777 - 1872

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Mrs Anne (Palgrave) Rigby, 1777 - 1872 1843 - 1846

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Anne Rigby was the widowed wife of a doctor and had fourteen children. While living in Edinburgh in the 1840s, she and her daughters were photographed on a number of occasions by Hill and Adamson. This photograph bears a striking resemblance to Whistler's famous portrait of his mother, which is not at all surprising given that the two ladies were friends. Mrs Whistler may have owned a copy of this calotype of Mrs Rigby.

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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 279
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 20.40 x 15.30 cm
  • Credit Elliot Collection, bequeathed 1950