Artist: David Octavius Hill

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Married Amelia Paton

Trustees Academy, Edinburgh.

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Exhibited At:

Royal Academy; Royal Scottish Academy; Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts.


The Land of Burns, David Octavius Hill, Blackie and Son, Glasgow, 1840.


Scottish Watercolours 1740-1940, Julian Halsby, Batsford.

The image of the artist is from the collection of the RSA, which holds the copyright in the image


The Remarkable Mr Hill, David Octavius Hill, R H Rodger, Perth Art Gallery, 2002.


In 1833 initiated The Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland.  60 illustrations for The Land of Burns, 1840 (see bibliography).  His watercolour, Tomb of Burns, Dumfries, is in the National Gallery of Scotland and is illustrated in Halsby p85 (see bibliography).  There are pencil drawings in the National Gallery of Scotland of the Burns Mausoleum, Lincluden Abbey and the Trade Hall, Dumfries.


The Dumfries and Galloway illustrations in the Land Of Burns included Ellisland, Scene on the Nith at Blackwood, Drumlanrig Castle, Lincluden, Dumfries, Dumfries Market Place, Lochmaben, Annan, Kirkcudbright, Sanquhar with Crichton Peel, Gatehouse, Brow on the Solway.


Best known as a pioneer of photography with Robert Adamson.