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Photograph - Elizabeth Johnstone, The Beauty of Newhaven
  • Elizabeth Johnstone, The Beauty of Newhaven
    Hill, David Octavius, born 1802 - died 1870
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Elizabeth Johnstone, The Beauty of Newhaven

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Scotland, Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1844-1848 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hill, David Octavius, born 1802 - died 1870 (artist)
    Adamson, Roger (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Salted paper print from calotype negative

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Theodore Martin

  • Museum number:

    67:390

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case X55, box II

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The fishwives from the Scottish village of Newhaven were a compelling subject on account of their beauty, distinctive dress, strong character and heroic associations with the dangers of the sea. Other versions of this print are captioned 'It's no fish ye're buying, it's mens' lives'. This was a standard remark when stormy weather raised the price of fish. The image is one of a group of Newhaven studies made by the renowned partnership of painter David Octavius Hill and chemist Robert Adamson. Hill's artistic direction can be seen in the clever use of light, which highlights the subject against a dark background, and in the elegant composition. This is established by the position of the hands and the contrasting patterns of the striped skirt and the fish basket. Hill and Adamson used watercolour paper for both negatives and prints. Its fibres softened the image and further enhanced the painterly effect.

Physical description

Photograph of a seated woman in a bonnet holding a basket.

Place of Origin

Scotland, Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1844-1848 (made)

Artist/maker

Hill, David Octavius, born 1802 - died 1870 (artist)
Adamson, Roger (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Salted paper print from calotype negative

Dimensions

Height: 20 cm, Length: 15 cm

Categories

Photographs

Collection code

PDP

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