Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson was born in 1821 at Burnside, near St Andrews, and enjoyed an early education at Madras College. While in St Andrews, he was introduced to the calotype process by his brother, Dr John Adamson, and Sir David Brewster.1 Due to his fragile health, he did not become an engineer as he had originally planned, becoming a photographer instead. 2  During his short life, Adamson established himself as a pioneer of early photography, best known for his collaboration with the painter …

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