George Meikle Kemp, Architect of the Scott Monument

Photography Studio Hill and Adamson British, Scottish
David Octavius Hill British, Scottish
Robert Adamson British, Scottish

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The Scottish painter-chemist team of Hill and Adamson, among the first photographers to be recognized as artists in the new medium, exploited the paper negative's tendency to soften details and to exaggerate light and shadow in dramatic chiarascuro effects, imparting a Rembrandtesque quality that was much admired. George Meikle Kemp (1795-1844) was the self-taught architect of the two-hundred-foot-high neo-Gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott then nearing completion on Princes Street in Edinburgh.

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