A few rePortraits - Guess Who is Who

Discussion in 'People & Portraits' started by Rob MacKillop, Dec 1, 2021.

  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    After a visit to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Big handshake if you get them all :D Q2M
    Yes, they are all Scottish and internationally famous.

    Who Is It 2.jpg

    Walter Scott 3.jpg


    Hugh Millar.jpg

    Hill 3.jpg
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  2. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    I think this is a trick question. I reckon these are all portraits depicting the various barbatalogical stages in the life of a certain world famous Mr. R McKillop.
  3. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I love "barbatalogical"! In fact, I'm just back from the barbers. Looking at bit like #3 now...
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  4. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent


    1. J. M. Barrie (wrote Peter Pan)

    2. Walter Scott (wrote a million books)

    3. Robert Louis Stevenson (Scotland’s greatest writer)

    4. Hugh Millar (Geologist)

    5. Octavious Hill (pioneering Scottish photographer)
  5. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    I guessed J.M. Barry, Rob. At that point I thought I had it in the bag but, scrolling down, I realised how sadly ill informed I was, so I turned to ill advised humour and the pseudo-lexicon.Please forgive me.
    Great photies though. The last two are fab.
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  6. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    I knew Stevenson's and Scott's likenesses but the others I was unfamiliar with. Just finished reading a book which mentioned Hill (and Adamson) albeit briefly. It's called Capturing the Light. It's about the rivalry between Louis Daguerre and Henry Fox Talbot and the search for a method to make a photographic image permanent. (The search for a fixer, in other words.) Very interesting read. Recommended.
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  7. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I have that book, Brian, and very good it is.

    I love the portrait of Barrie. When asked to pose for some quick sketches he said “well, my brain hasn’t talked to my face for years”. I don’t think he enjoyed the experience. I’ve been in his house in Kirriemuir, now a museum (not because I visited it :)). His other literary efforts are well worth a read.

    I love taking pictures of auld Octavious Hill, who clearly saw himself as some kind of Greek God, and this picture does help bring out his inner Zeus!

    Hugh Millar was part pioneering geologist, part religious bigot, and my interest in him lies in that inner struggle where science was telling him one thing, his religion another. I think this image brings out a little of that.

    The Stevenson image is so familiar, a face you’ll see in many a Scottish pub, erudite, politically and artistically aware, confident, and with a slight hint of menace.

    The two Scott images reveal contrasting facets of his personality. The statue shows an affable man, happy holding forth in company of fellow solicitors over a bevvy, while the painting shows his vulnerabilities, inner demons, and oft-hidden sadness.

    It has been enjoyable to reinterpret the artists’ interpretations.
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  8. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    You're doing fine work on that, Rob. (You mention two Scott images but I only see one in your post.)

    I first became familiar with Hill and Adamson when I was about 15. There was a book in the local library called "Sun Pictures." It was full of their pictures from Edinburgh, Leith and surrounding areas. It fascinated me then and still does.
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  9. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Oops. Here's the second:

    Walter Scott1.jpg
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  10. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    That definitely has a "Something for the weekend" look about it! ;)

    I only recognised No. 1, but they make a super series. Must read that book on the search for a fixer.
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  11. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Cheers, Pete. Good to see you catching up!

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