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Sir John R. Findlay's Letter

July 4th. 1929

[printed address 3 Rothesay Terrace Edinburgh]

My dear Gunther,

I am sending you two calotypes which you may think it worth while to add to your photographic collection

They are from a very remarkable series of such photographs taken in Edinburgh by a Mr D O Hill an artist about 1840. They have been exhibited at a number of photographic exhibitions and we have a large number in the National Portrait Gallery here. The most of them are studies for a picture he did of the Disruption Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1843 but he also did a number of figure studies and architectural pictures. They were done in full

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sunlight his exposure being I believe 5 minutes. A good many of the negatives are in existence They are much admired by artists for the posing and composition and for the broad effects of light and shade

We much enjoyed our visit to the Ashmolean and are most grateful to you for your kindness in demonstrating your treasures I am

Yours sincerely

John R Findlay

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