Captain Horatio Ross of Rossie Castle, Aberdeenshire, achieved distinction as a pioneer amateur photographer and an outstanding sportsman. A member of Parliament for Aberdeen in 1832-34, he was attracted to the new medium of photography in the 1840s and worked first with the daguerreotype process. By the late 1840s, he had turned his attention to the paper negative process and rapidly mastered it. In 1856 Ross became a founding member and Vice President of the Photographic Society of Scotland and was a frequent exhibitor. Ross is perhaps best remembered today for his deer-stalking images and pastoral landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.
This photograph comes originally from a large album compiled in 1870 by Justine Ross, wife of the photographer.