[Arbroath Presbytery Group]

Hill & Adamson1843 - 1847

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

In his painting The Disruption Picture,David Hill wanted to reflect the egalitarianism that was at the very core of the Free Church of Scotland. If he adhered to the precepts of historical painting, however, the image would be composed of a hierarchy of elements, with the important figures positioned in the center and the less important individuals towards the outside. He was therefore committed to the idea of conveying each minister the same way. Group photographs such as these mounted together on an album page allowed Hill to study the spatial arrangement of initially separate figures.

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  • Title: [Arbroath Presbytery Group]
  • Creator: Hill & Adamson
  • Date: 1843 - 1847
  • Location Created: Scotland
  • Physical Dimensions: 11.7 x 15.9 cm (4 5/8 x 6 1/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Salted paper print from a Calotype negative
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XO.964.9
  • Markings: Label: Label on verso of preceding page at upper center, in pencil by unknown later hand: "Top: Group/ Arbroath Presbytery Free Kurh [?]".
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Recto page at upper left, in pencil by unknown later hand: "S 182". Verso at lower left: "A 14.9-10".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Classification: Photographs


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