The Birdcage Hill, David Octavious  (Scottish, 1802-1870)Adamson, Robert  (Scottish, 1821-1848)

In a draft of a letter to Lady Ruthven, herself an expert on art, Hill briefly expressed the importance of surrounding and background effects. He was consciously constructing with simple components: The group of two young ladies were those you saw here & shows that the art can do something approaching the beautiful; the single portrait (a niece of mine) I send to show what might be done with backgrounds of flowers &c. The Harper, whose costume is made of a blanket and plaid shows how simply one might get up pictures of the old world. I think you will like the sleeping child, which is one of my own greatest favorites. Stevenson p 46

Reproduced / Exhibited

Adams, Ansel. A Pageant of Photography. , 1940. A catalog of an exhibition of both historical and contemporary photography curated by Ansel Adams at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco as part of the Golden Gate Exposition in 1940. (cover)

Frank, Waldo D. America and Alfred Stieglitz: A Collective Portrait. New York: Aperture, 1979. pl. 1.b.

Kruse, Margret. Kunstphotographie Um 1900: D. Sammlung Ernst Juhl; Hamburg: Museum für Kunst u. Gewerbe, 1989 pl. 491

Madigan, Mary J. S, and Susan Colgan. Prints & Photographs: Understanding, Appreciating, Collecting. , 1983 p. 99

Simpson, Roddy. The Photography of Victorian Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013.p. 188

References

Stevenson, Sara. The Personal Art of David Octavius Hill. New Haven [Conn.: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for the Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, 2002.  p 46