[John Henning as 'Edie Ochiltree']

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[John Henning as 'Edie Ochiltree']


Hill & Adamson (Scottish, active 1843 - 1848)


1846 - 1847


Salted paper print from a Calotype negative


20.5 x 15.7 cm (8 1/16 x 6 3/16 in.)

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In addition to portraits, David Hill and Robert Adamson also made numerous tableaux vivant. In this photograph, the sculptor John Henning appears as Edie Ochiltree, a fictional character from Sir Walter Scott's novel The Antiquary. With staff and badge indicating his beggar status, the white-haired Henning closely resembles the figure of Ochiltree as Scott described him.

Light in the Darkness: The Photographs of Hill and Adamson (July 20 to October 22, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 1999

Ford, Colin, ed. and Roy Strong. An Early Victorian Album: The Photographic Masterpieces (1843-1847) of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson (New York: Knopf, 1976), p. 302.