Hill & Adamson
Scottish (1802-1870) (1821-1848)
Biography | Bibliography
Robert Adamson learned the calotype process in 1842, opened a portrait studio in Edinburgh, and began a five-year partnership with David Octavius Hill in 1843. Robert Adamson Hill was a landscape painter who had become interested in photography while planning a large commemorative painting of the founders of the Free Church of Scotland; he sought the help of Robert Adamson in the belief that the calotype process would aid in rendering the likeness of the 474 clergymen and dignitaries involved. The partners soon expanded their subject matter to include genre and other scenes, and between them made about 1,500 images before the partnership ended when Robert Adamson died in 1848. A book on the two photographers was written in 1991 by Sara Stevenson entitled, Hill & Adamson’s The Fishermen and Women of The Firth of Forth.
Keith Bell, David Harris, Grant Arnold, The Photographs of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Mendel Art Gallery, 1987.
Colin Ford, Roy Strong, An Early Victorian Album: The Photographic Masterpieces (1843-1847) of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976.
Sara Stevenson, David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 1981.
Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Northern Light: Photographs by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson from the University of St. Andrews, Wesleyan, CT: Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, 2003.
Sara Stevenson, Hill and Adamson’s The Fishermen and Women of the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh: Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1991.
John Ward, Sara Stevenson, Printed Light: The Scientific Art of William Henry Fox Talbot and David Octavius Hill with Robert Adamson, London: Her Majesty’s Stationary Office, 1986.