Cyanotype: From the Great Observatory, Chatsworth, August 26th, 1851 From volume "Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns"
August 26, 1851
18 1/16 in. x 14 3/4 in. (45.88 cm x 37.47 cm)
Medium and Support
cyanotype on paper
Museum Purchase, Gridley W. Tarbell II Fund
Anna Atkins is recognized in the history of photography as the first woman photographer and a pioneer in early and experimental photographic techniques. Using a process that resulted in what is now called cyanotype, Atkins made 411 plates of all the known British seaweeds which she then compiled as a three volume book set, British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. Her later works, such as this image from Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns exhibit a sense of visual freedom enjoyed once Atkins was released from the self-imposed restrictive format of her first books Photography Highlights
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