Built in the 1750s, Rock House is reputed to be one of the oldest houses in Edinburgh’s new town.  It came to worldwide fame as the home of David Octavius Hill, the artist and pioneering photographer who in 1843 together with Robert Adamson developed the calotype process at Rock House.

Robert Adamson courtesy of Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Robert Adamson courtesy of Scottish National Portrait Gallery

David Octavius Hill courtesy of Scottish National Portrait Gallery

David Octavius Hill courtesy of Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Both Hill and Adamson are credited with the origination of photography as an art form - taking the camera into the landscape and for the first time photographing people in their natural habitat.

Two Newhaven Fishwives David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson., courtesy of Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Two Newhaven Fishwives David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson., courtesy of Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Rock House remained in continuous use as a photographer's studio from the 1840s up until the 1950s. Recently renovated by the Interior Designer Jonathan Reed and Scottish Fashion Designer Graeme Black, it has now returned to its former glory and can be enjoyed by members of the public for short stays and holidays. 

Edinburgh from Calton HIll, William Turner, courtesy of Scottish National Gallery.

Edinburgh from Calton HIll, William Turner, courtesy of Scottish National Gallery.

With thanks to the National Galleries of Scotland for use of their images.