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Alexander Hill

Printseller to the Queen

DO Hillís brother, Alexander Hill, was Printseller & Publisher to the Queen.   The family bookselling business was established in 1825.  

A business was established at 67 Princes Street from which Alexander Hill sold the works of DO Hill and artists.  

Alexander Hill was officially appointed Colourman and Printseller of the Royal Scottish Academy, based at the Royal Institution Gallery.  
[Post Office Directory, 1842]

DO Hill was Secretary of the Royal Institution from 1830 onwards. 

Thomas Hill also worked for this business.  [1970 Exhibition Catalogue]

It was interesting to discover that in the 1830s, Alexander Hill lived at 66 Great King Street, the house next door to 68 Great King Street, the home of EPS since 1956

Alexander Hill

Printseller & Publisher to the Queen

Alexander Hill - Printseller  -  a Calotype by Hill & Adamson

©  Reproduced by courtesy of Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services

The photograph of Alexander Hill above is a calotype taken by Hill & Adamson between 1843 and 1847.


There was an Alexander Hill who became a Member of Edinburgh Photographic Society on 2 April 1862, and was an EPS Council Member,1863-66.  

But this appears to have been a different man because Alexander, brother of DO Hill died in 1860.  [Exhibition catalogue: 1970]

Who was the EPS Member, Alexander Hill?


DO Hill's Paintings
exhibited by Alexander Hill




and the surrounding matchless Landscape, as seen from Mons Meg Battery, Castle will remain ON VIEW IN HILL'S GALLERY
67 Princes Street during the next week.

[Advertisement:  North British Advertiser:  18 February 1854]



Mr Alexander Hill, 67 Princes Street, respectfully intimates that the
Exhibition of Mr DO HILL's  Large and Elaborate Picture
of OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH will close this day.

[Advertisement:  North British Advertiser:  25 March 1854]


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