G & D Hay was a partnership between two brothers, David Syme and George Heron. They were born in Montrose and established their photography business in 1855 at 79 Princess Street, Edinburgh. The two brothers pioneered the art and produced advanced artistic images for the day. 1855 advertisements in the Daily Express for "Hay's Portrait Rooms" indicated the brothers made copies of pictures in oil or watercolours. Displayed on the right is an exquisite example of their work.
This 1850's oil painting is a finely detailed copy of a carte-de-visite photo on hay's carte-de-visite card stock. It is stamped with on the back with "G&D Hay, 68 Princess St. Edinburgh". I believe the photographic image was first taken then painted over, but it has not been verified. David and George were both artists who exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy and members of the Photographic Society of Scottland (PSS). This is an example of a combination of their talents as artists and Photographic artists.
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