[Ayr Presbytery]

Hill & Adamson1843 - 1847

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Even though the subjects had to remain completely motionless for the length of time it took to make an exposure, David Hill and Robert Adamson achieved a sense of apparent spontaneity by skillful positioning of the camera. This image is remarkable for capturing as many as sixteen individuals. The group looks away from the camera, since the photograph was intended as a study for Hill's large painting The Disruption Picture,in which the ministers focused their gaze on the signing ceremony depicted at the center of the canvas.

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  • Title: [Ayr Presbytery]
  • Creator: Hill & Adamson
  • Date: 1843 - 1847
  • Physical Dimensions: 14.3 x 19.8 cm (5 5/8 x 7 13/16 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: 88.XM.57.13
  • Markings: Markings: Recto mount at lower right, monogram in black ink: "RSA [Royal Scottish Academy]".
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Recto mount at upper left, in pencil by unknown later hand: "S182" and "5357", lower left "B [encircled]" and lower right "R/4/92".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Classification: Photographs