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Ivy-covered tree at Colinton. 'The Fairy Tree' [Landscape 45]

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Ivy-covered tree at Colinton. 'The Fairy Tree' [Landscape 45] 1843 - 1847

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  • Scottish Art
This is a calotype negative from which the positive image would be printed. Early photographic chemicals responded at different speeds to different colours; they were slow to react to the green of trees and grass. This may explain why, Hill, who was an experienced landscape painter, only took a few landscape calotypes.

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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 428
  • Medium Calotype negative
  • Size 21.70 x 16.30 cm
  • Credit Elliot Collection, bequeathed 1950