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Photograph - Title page of <i>British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns</i>
  • Title page of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns
    Atkins, Anna, born 1799 - died 1871
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Title page of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1854 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Atkins, Anna, born 1799 - died 1871 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cyanotype

  • Museum number:

    PH.379-1981

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 12.2

Physical description

British Ferns by Anna Atkins; cyanotype;

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1854 (made)

Artist/maker

Atkins, Anna, born 1799 - died 1871 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Cyanotype

Dimensions

Height: 35 cm, Width: 25 cm

Descriptive line

Title page from 'British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns' by Anna Atkins, cyanotype, Britain, ca. 1854.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Val Williams and Susan Bright, How we are: photographing Britain, from the 1840s to the present London: Tate Publishing, 2007. ISBN: 9781854377142.

Labels and date

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]

Subjects depicted

Fern

Categories

Images Online; Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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