- Size 21 x 29.6 cm
Mrs Elizabeth (Johnstone) Hall Hill and Adamson Mini Print
Print from the National Galleries of Scotland Hill and Adamson Collection. This print is a highlight in the Collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. This photograph was taken by the pioneering photographers David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson who marked the first use of photography as an art form. Their fascinating and inventive work has influenced great photographers worldwide.
The fishwives of Newhaven were famous for both their beauty and confidence. They carried the fish their men had caught in baskets on their backs up to Edinburgh to sell it. Whenever storms at sea made the fishing especially dangerous and the price of fish rose, they were heard saying "It's no fish ye're buying, it's men's lives". The phrase became internationally known after Sir Walter Scott used it in his novel, 'The Antiquary'.
Original image Calotype taken between 1843 - 1846.
Printed on archival paper.
Paper size 21 x 29.6 cm.