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Image of Cyanotype: From the Great Observatory, Chatsworth, August 26th, 1851 From volume "Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns" 12701

2001.13

Artist

Anna Atkins

Title

Cyanotype: From the Great Observatory, Chatsworth, August 26th, 1851 From volume "Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns"

Creation Date

August 26, 1851

Century

mid-19th century

Dimensions

18 1/16 in. x 14 3/4 in. (45.88 cm x 37.47 cm)

Object Type

photograph

Creation Place

Europe, British

Medium and Support

cyanotype on paper

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Gridley W. Tarbell II Fund

Copyright

Public Domain

Accession Number

2001.13
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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