• Recto of print
  • Recto of print with original mount
  • Verso of original mount

David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson (Scottish, 1802–1870 and 1821–1848)

Portrait of Mrs. Rigby, 1844

Salted paper print; 20.6 x 15.9 cm (image/paper); 35.5 x 28.1 cm (mount)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949.682


The work of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson was an inspiration to Pictorialist photographers active in later decades. J. Craig Annan, who helped popularize the duo’s work by making and circulating photogravure reproductions, kept a print of this portrait on his mantel—writing in Camera Work that “there is no sweeter presentment of old age.”[1] This photograph is an original salt print, and the inscriptions indicate that it was printed while Hill and Adamson were still active.


Additional resources related to this object are to the right.


[1] J. Craig Annan, “David Octavius Hill RSA – 1802-1870,” Camera Work 11 (July 1905), p. 17.