William Leighton Leitch Hill, David Octavious  (Scottish, 1802-1870)Adamson, Robert  (Scottish, 1821-1848)

In 1872, Archibald Burns, an established photographer who had collaborated with Hill took over Rock House, Hill & Adamsons original studio. Four years later, Alexander Inglis acquired the studio, originally operating under Burns’ name before reverting to his own. His son Francis Caird Inglis took over the business in 1904; he continued to operate Rock House until his death in 1940 and his son maintained the business until 1945. A significant amount of Hill & Adamson’s negatives and prints had remained at Rock House, and at some point Alexander Inglis or his son had Jesse Batram produce a series of carbon prints from some of the negatives, including this one. In 1941, the pioneering photohistorian and collector, Robert O. Dougan, approached Francis Caird Inglis’ widow and arranged to purchase all of the material relating to Hill & Adamson. Dougan arranged to sell the collection in its entirety to the University of Glasgow Library in 1953. (Montgomery)