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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, 1802-1870and 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
Access: Light sensitive materials, must be viewed under low-level lighting; special care in handling required due to condition of binding.

Administrative Information

Acquisition: Purchase, Gernsheim Collection, 1964

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

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).

Related Material

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).

Index Terms


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

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