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Finlay, deerstalker in the employ of Campbell of Islay

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Finlay, deerstalker in the employ of Campbell of Islay About 1845

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  • Scottish Art
This calotype is one of the first ever photographs taken of a civilian wearing tartan. It shows a man named Finlay who worked for the Campbell family, the owners of the island of Islay until 1853. As a professional deer stalker he would have been in charge of shooting parties, using his knowledge of the estates to find herds of deer. Unlike stag hunting on horse back, deer stalking is still a legal pursuit as long as it is carried out under proper supervision. It is seen as both a sport and a necessity - not only does it preserve agricultural crops and forestry, but it also protects the deer as rapid growth in their numbers often leads to disease and starvation.

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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 530
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 20.50 x 14.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased