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Thomas “Cookie” Miller

A founder of the Scottish Academy, Hill turned to photography (with the help of Adamson) as an aid to his large painting of the First General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland. Among the four hundred or so clergymen photographed for the project was Mr. Miller of Edinburgh.

The two men also photographed non-religious subjects, from Scotland’s upper-class gentry, to local fishermen, to their own families. The playfulness found in this image may result from the fact that the sitter was also Hill’s uncle, Tom. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection also includes a photogravure of Hill and Adamson’s calotype negative Market Place, St. Andrews, printed by J. Craig Annan (Eskenazi Museum of Art 75.45.1).

David Octavius Hill
Scottish, 1802–1870
Robert Adamson
Scottish, 1821–1848
Thomas “Cookie” Miller
ca. 1845
Salted paper print
Image/sheet: 5 15/16 x 4 9/16 in. (13.5 x 11.6 cm); mount: 14 ¾ x 10 7/16 in. (37.5 x 26.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art 79.7.2