David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson (Scottish, 1802–1870 and 1821–1848)
The work of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson was an inspiration to Pictorialist photographers active in later decades. Admirers of the duo’s work praised its grainy textures and rich tonality, comparing their work to that of Rembrandt. Alfred Stieglitz twice published this portrait of the writer and art historian Anna Brownell Jameson in Camera Work. This salt print was likely created while Hill and Adamson were still active. Materials research has revealed that the paper Hill and Adamson used contains microscopic specks of blue glass—an additive typically used to brighten writing papers—reflecting the improvised nature of the photographic process at this time.
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