Rev Dr Thomas Guthrie

Hill & Adamson1843 - 1847

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This full-length portrait of Reverend Dr. Thomas Guthrie was somewhat unusual for David Hill and Robert Adamson, who generally favored seated positions. In this example the minister stands beside a chair, against a dark tarpaulin backdrop that masks the stone wall behind it. Hill and Adamson's studio was located in the backyard of their Calton Hill residence in Edinburgh. The outdoors location was essential, as the calotype process required direct sunlight to expose the negative.

The photographers made this portrait in preparation for Hill's painting, The Disruption Picture,commemorating Scotland's dramatic religious event of 1843.

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  • Title: Rev Dr Thomas Guthrie
  • Creator: Hill & Adamson
  • Date: 1843 - 1847
  • Physical Dimensions: 19.5 x 14.1 cm (7 11/16 x 5 9/16 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.57.24
  • Markings: Markings: Recto mount at lower right, monogram in black ink: "RSA [Royal Scottish Academy]".
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Recto mount at upper right, in pencil by unknown later hand: "B/4/61" and "5243" and at lower left "Thomas Guthrie D.D.".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Classification: Photographs