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Hill and Adamson Calotypes

 Collection — Container: Hill and Adamson
Identifier: Coll-1073

Scope and Contents

Photographs of local characters and famous figures of the era, as well as landscape and urban scenes.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1840s


Biographical / Historical

In the mid-1840s, the Scottish painter-photographer team of Hill and Adamson produced the first substantial body of self-consciously artistic work using the newly invented medium of photography, one which ranks among the highest achievements of photographic portraiture. A substantial quantity of their work is held by the University Library. During their four year collaboration, which only ended with the death of Adamson, they produced around 3,000 images, around 700 of which are available in this collection.


700 (approx) photographs

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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