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Robert Adamson

Scottish chemist and photographer

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Adamson learned the calotype process from his brother Dr. John Adamson (1802-1860), and produced his first successful calotype in 1842. In 1843 Adamson established a professional portrait studio with David Octavius Hill at Rock House, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland. Adamson photographed and was in charge of the chemical processes, and Hill was the artistic director who arranged costumes and settings for the sitters. The partnership lasted until Adamson's death in 1848. Adamson & Hill photographed Durham Cathedral ca. 1844.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500010587.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

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