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The Bicknell Album of Hill & Adamson

How would you like to view 100 exquisite salt prints of Hill & Adamson’s most celebrated images from 1843 to 1847? Well, the Bicknell Album which is the only known large presentation album of their work still in private hands will be on exhibit in London shortly.

All other known Hill & Adamson albums are in permanent public collections. Hill himself personally selected and assembled the 100 calotypes for Henry Bicknell who was a major 19th century art collector.

You can view this plus other images by William Henry Fox Talbot, Anna Atkins, Roger Fenton, Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, and Alvin Langdon Coburn in an exhibition entitled Early British Masters in Photography put together by Hans P. Kraus, Jr. Fine Photographs, a dealer in 19th and early 20th century photographs, specializing in the paper negative era which flourished before 1860.

In addition to early British photographers, the exhibition will include work by Gustave Le Gray and Edward Steichen. The American artist Steichen’s elegiac and painterly composition, Little Round Mirror, 1902, is considered one of his most important early achievements in photography. A gum over platinum print, it is one of only four exhibition prints known. 

Details  of this London exhibition can be found here.


Photo: David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson, A Newhaven Pilot
Salt print from a calotype negative, 1843-1845, 19.8 x 14.0 cm
In "The Bicknell Album" of 100 calotypes by Hill & Adamson



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