[Officer of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders Reading to the Troops, Edinburgh Castle]

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

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On occasion Hill and Adamson ventured into full-blown genre, costuming and staging literary scenes reminiscent of popular tableaux vivants, but in other cases such as this, the artists found authentically engaging subjects in contemporary life. This photograph may have served as a study for Hill's painting Edinburgh, Old and New, but it is also an affecting photograph in its own right, a peek between the castle cannons at the elite group of soldiers, seemingly unaware of the camera as they concentrate on the orders of their seated sergeant. Their slight movement enlivens the scene and gives a sense of immediacy, while the bearskin hats, elaborate military coats, sporrans, and argyle socks provide a lush and lively pattern of tone and texture for the eye.

[Officer of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders Reading to the Troops, Edinburgh Castle], Hill and Adamson (British, active 1843–1848), Salted paper print from paper negative

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