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Hill & Adamson:

An Inventory of 100 Calotypes by D. O. Hill. R.S.A. and R. Adamson (Stanfield Album) in the Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Hill, David Octavius, 1802-1870 and Adamson, Robert, 1821-1848
Title: 100 Calotypes by D. O. Hill. R.S.A. and R. Adamson (Stanfield Album)
Dates: 1843-1845 (ca.).
Extent: 109 items
Abstract: Album produced by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson and either given or sold to Clarkson Stanfield in 1845.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-841
Language: English

Light sensitive materials, must be viewed under low-level lighting; special care in handling required due to condition of binding.


Purchase, Gernsheim Collection, 1964

Repository: :

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Album produced by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson and either given or sold to Clarkson Stanfield in 1845. Book boards covered with maroon leather embossed with an identical pattern on both the front and back. Leather on spine embossed: "I00/ CALOTYPE/ SKETCHES.", "D. O. HILL, RSA./ and/ R.ADAMSON.", "EDINBURGH I845.". End sheets are marbleized paper. Most pages still have interleaving sheets. While the title of the album suggests there are "100" images contained, the album actually contains 109 salted paper prints most with inscriptions provided by either Hill or Adamson. The images are of prominent men and women of the day, friends and acquaintances of Hill and Adamson, and scenes of Edinburgh, Newhaven, and St. Andrews, and Scottish architecture and art. The nine additional images can explained in several ways. First, six images cover/originally covered other images. It appears that Hill and Adamson did not like their original choice of several images, and later mounted different images over the originals. In most cases, the covered image is very similar to another image in the album (compare 964:0048:0044, a covered image, with 964:0048:0045). Second, the first two images in the book appear on the half-title and title page, and therefore may not have been counted as part of the 100 referred to in the title page. And, a third explanation may be that the cover for the album was printed before Hill and Adamson's selection of images to be included. For more information regarding this collection, please refer to the Visual Materials Database (available on-site).

The Ransom Center also holds additional work by Hill & Adamson in the Hill & Adamsom Collection (964:0062:0001-0089; 964:0063:0001-0020), the Robert Adamson Collection (964:0061:0001-0013), the David Octavius Hill Collection (964:0062:0090-0092), Camera Work, no. 11 (1905), and Calotypes by D. O. Hill and R. Adamson (f TR 680 E44 HRC-P).


Adamson, Robert, 1821-1848

Hill, David Octavius, 1802-1870


Adamson, Robert, 1821-1848

Allan, William, Sir, 1782-1850

Breadalbane, John Campbell, Marquis of, 1796-1862

Brewster, David, Sir, 1781-1868

Burns, William Chalmers, 1815-1868

Duncan, Thomas, 1807-1845

Drummond, James, 1816-1877

Eastlake, Elizabeth, 1809-1893

Etty, William, 1787-1849

Fleming, John, 1785-1857

Gilfillan, George, 1813-1878

Gray, Andrew, 1805-1861

Harden, John, 1772-1847

Harvey, George, 1806-1876

Hill, David Octavius, 1802-1870

Jameson, Mrs. (Anna), 1794-1860

Keith, Alexander, 1791-1880

Kemp, George Meikle, 1795-1844

Linton, Annie

MacLeay, Kenneth, 1802-1878

Miller, James, 1812-1864

Nasmyth, James, 1808-1890

Robertson, Patrick Robertson, Lord, 1794-1855

Wood, James Julius

Welsh, David, 1793-1845

Wilson, John, 1785-1854

Wood, James Julius


Architecture--Pictorial works

Fishers--Pictorial works

Monuments--Pictorial works

Tombs--Pictorial works


Edinburgh (Scotland)

Leith (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Newhaven (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Document Types


Salted paper prints