Revd James Julius Wood, Greyfriars' Church

Hill & Adamson10/22/1843

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

David Hill and Robert Adamson frequently exercised artistic license in their photographs. Faint traces of a headrest, an apparatus used to restrict a sitter's movement, indicate that the negative was changed to mask this tool. They also altered the original negative for this image to include a specific reference to the Rev. James Julius Wood's position: the title Scotch Church Malta 1843drawn in ink on the book he holds. Wood was chaplain to the 42nd Gordon Highlanders, a group of soldiers stationed on the Mediterranean island of Malta.

Hill used this calotype as the basis for Wood's portrait in The Disruption Picture, even though the minister may not have been present at the signing ceremony. The adjustments suggest that Hill and Adamson did not view their photographs as mere preparatory sketches but rather as independent works of art.

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  • Title: Revd James Julius Wood, Greyfriars' Church
  • Creator: Hill & Adamson
  • Date: 10/22/1843
  • Physical Dimensions: 19.8 x 14.1 cm (7 13/16 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: 84.XM.263.2
  • Inscription: Inscription: Recto print at lower center, inscribed in the negative: "Revd John Julius Wood, Greyfriars..[illegible]..1843". Secondary Inscription: Verso print at upper center, in pencil by unknown later hand: "Julius Wood" and "Rev John Julius Wood of Malta / 22.11.43, Glasgow (now in SNPG)" and at center "25/281076".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Classification: Photographs