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Thomas Leverton Donaldson

Accession Number
1989/1.57

Title
Thomas Leverton Donaldson

Artist(s)
David Octavius Hill; Robert Adamson

Object Creation Date
1843-1847

Medium & Support
salted paper print

Dimensions
8 in x 6 in (20.4 cm x 15.2 cm);14 5/16 in x 19 5/16 in (36.35 cm x 49.05 cm);14 13/16 in x 10 11/16 in (37.6 cm x 27.2 cm);8 in x 6 in (20.4 cm x 15.2 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Printed in rich brown tones, this photograph is a portrait of an older, seated man in a three piece suit. The man reclines on the armrest of his chair, his head turned to the side, eyes downcast and appearing to smile. His right hand idly holds an eye-glass. Behind him is evidence of an interior setting, however the photograph’s legibility beyond the sitter degrades considerably. The man is the Scottish architect, Thomas Leverton Donaldson. The photographers who created this image, David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, received instruction from William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of the calotype. Hill and Adamson enjoyed a deeply prolific collaboration together, which was tragically cut short by Hill’s premature death. In the five years they worked together, they produced a remarkable body of work that served to elevate perception of the newly invented process into an artistic medium. 

Physical Description
This photograph is a portrait of a seated man in a three piece suit. He holds an eye-glass in his right hand. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
architects
calotypes (negatives)
males
men (male humans)
monocles
portraits
salted paper prints
salted paper processes

2 Related Resources

Photographic Portraiture in the 19th Century
(Part of: Identity and Self-Understanding)
 W19 Perlove - HISTART 210 History of Photography Study Case 
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )

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