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Amelia Robertson Paton, Mrs D.O. Hill, 1820 - 1904. Sculptress

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Amelia Robertson Paton, Mrs D.O. Hill, 1820 - 1904. Sculptress About 1863

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This delicate chalk drawing depicts Amelia Robertson Paton, portrait sculptor and second wife of the painter and photographic pioneer David Octavius Hill. She was also the elder sister of prominent artists Joseph Noël and Waller Hugh Paton. Her earlier works consisted mainly of portraits of family and friends, but her professional career flourished after her marriage, aged forty-two, to D.O. Hill. The Hills were prominent members of the Edinburgh social scene and Mrs Hill sculpted portrait busts of eminent sitters such as Thomas Carlyle, Sir George Harvey and physicist David Brewster. She also completed a number of public commissions, including memorial statues of David Livingston in Princes Street Gardens, and Robert Burns in Dumfries.

Glossary Open


Sculpted portrait consisting of the head and the top of the shoulders.


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Bust, Commission


  • Acc. No. PG 632
  • Medium Chalk on paper
  • Size 39.90 x 28.00 cm
  • Credit Given by the executors of the artist 1904