Hill, David Octavius & Adamson, Robert

An Edinburgh Fish Woman 

Edinburgh  circa 1845

plain toned salted paper print, from a calotype paper negative, inscribed in pencil recto ‘An Edinburgh Fish Woman’,  150 by 100mm (6 by 4 inches). 
Printed  from a larger negative known as ‘Mrs Logan and two unknown women’. The photograph was originaly used as a study for Hill’s painting of ‘Edinburgh from the Castle, 1847’. This single standing figure appears on the right edge of the composition and lends itself to being presented separatly.  The light fading to the left edge would indicate that this photograph was printed as a single figure in the very first instance.  

Stevenson, Sarah: David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, catalogue of their calotypes taken between 1843 and 1847 in the collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Nat galleries of Scotland, 1981, illus. pp 198, Newhaven 35.  Ford, Colin: An early Victorian album; the photographic masterpieces of D. O. Hill and R. Adamson, Knopf 1976 illus. pp 162 (full size) 
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