Sir Douglas Maclagan, 1812 - 1900 Surgeon General (About 1840)

About this artwork

Shown here is Dr Andrew Douglas MacLagan (1812-1900), one of the earliest figures involved in Scottish photography who exhibited examples of photogenic drawing to the Edinburgh Society of Arts as early as March 1843. The size and detail of this daguerreotype and even the case, which keeps it protected and private, resemble those of a miniature painting. It comes as no surprise that miniature painters picked up work as photographers and as the painters of photographs. This monochrome image has been subtly hand-painted using dry paint mixed with gum.