The First General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland - Signing the Act of Separation and the Deed of Demission at Tanfield, Edinburgh, May 1843.
Thomas Annan (British, Dairsie, Fife, Scotland 1829–1887)
After David Octavius Hill (British, Perth, Scotland 1802–1870 Edinburgh, Scotland)
26.6 x 60.2 cm. (10 1/2 x 23 11/16 in.)
Gift of Robert O. Dougan, 1976
Not on view
Although Annan was a highly accomplished landscape photographer, he received more recognition during his lifetime for his reproductions of paintings. In 1865 Hill asked Annan to undertake one of the most difficult photographic projects of his career: to photograph Hill's eleven-foot-wide canvas commemorating the foundation of the Free Church of Scotland. To preserve detail over the painting's large surface, Annan commissioned a large camera designed especially for this assignment. Annan met the technical challenge: Rev. Chalmers, for instance, is immediately recognizable in the center of the composition. [label for Gilman IV]
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on mount, verso, TC: "179" [written upside down]; blind stamp on print, recto, BL: [design with stag's head and initials DOH]
Robert O. Dougan
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery. "The Post-Pre-Raphaelite Print," October 10, 1995–December 16, 1995.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Beyond the Edges: An Insider's Look at Early Photographs," October 9, 1998–February 14, 1999.
Stevenson, Sara. Thomas Annan, 1829–1887. Edinburgh: National Gallery of Scotland, 1990. p. 6, fig. 2.
Staley, Allen, Martha M. Evans, Pamela Fletcher, Yael Ksander, Lisa R. Leavitt, Jason Rosenfeld, and Paul Tabor. The Post-Pre-Raphaelite Print: Etching, Illustration, Reproductive Engraving, and Photography in England in and around the 1860s. New York: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, 1995. pp. 145–47.
Reproduction of David Octavius Hill's painting "The Signing of the Deed of Demission," 1843-1865.