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Title page of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns

ca. 1854 (made)
Place of origin

British Ferns by Anna Atkins; cyanotype;

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Object type
TitleTitle page of <i>British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns</i> (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Title page from 'British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns' by Anna Atkins, cyanotype, Britain, ca. 1854.
Physical description
British Ferns by Anna Atkins; cyanotype;
  • Height: 35cm
  • Width: 25cm
Gallery label
  • Cameraless Photography Anna Atkins (1797–1871) Title page of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns c.1854 Cyanotype 35 x 25 cm Museum no. Ph.379-1981 Anna Atkins is credited with being the first woman photographer and the first person to produce a photographically illustrated book, British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843). Illustrated here is the title page from a later book from which the following pages are also illustrations.
  • Gallery 100, ‘History of photography’, 2011-2012, label text : Anna Atkins (1799-1871) Title page of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns 1854 Atkins trained in botanical illustration but later turned to the ‘beautiful process of Cyanotype’. A sheet of paper brushed with iron salt solutions was dried in darkness, and the object to be reproduced was then placed on it in sunlight. After exposure to light the paper was washed in water, where oxidation produced a white image on a cyan background. Cyanotype Museum no. Ph.379-1981 (07 03 2014)
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Bibliographic reference
Val Williams and Susan Bright, How we are: photographing Britain, from the 1840s to the present London: Tate Publishing, 2007. ISBN: 9781854377142.
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Record createdJanuary 20, 2003
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