Newhaven Fishwives, Jeanie Wilson and Annie Linton

Robert Adamson, David Octavius Hill1845

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Hill and Adamson’s four-year collaboration yielded around 3,000 photographs, including portraits of members of the middle and upper classes and, in what may be the first social documentary project, of the working class. Included in their survey of contemporary life were numerous portraits of the fishermen’s wives in the villages around Edinburgh. The women, garbed in distinctive striped skirts and aprons, cleaned their husbands’ catch, then carried it in wicker baskets to the city where they offered it for sale. They were reported to be hard bargainers. Hill and Adamson respectfully recorded not only their likenesses but also their names.

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  • Title: Newhaven Fishwives, Jeanie Wilson and Annie Linton
  • Creator: David Octavius Hill (British, 1802-1870), Robert Adamson (British, 1821-1848)
  • Date Created: 1845
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 29.5 x 14.4 cm (11 5/8 x 5 11/16 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)
  • Provenance: David Octavius Hill, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, David Octavius Hill; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1987.18
  • Medium: salted paper print from calotype negative
  • Inscriptions: Written in pencil on recto: "H / 3 / 99"; "Jeannie [sic] Wilson (on left)"
  • Department: Photography
  • Culture: England, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
  • Collection: PH - British 19th Century
  • Accession Number: 1987.18

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