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Photograph - The Moon

The Moon

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, United Kingdom (The first stereograph of the moon was made by de la Rue at the Cranford Observatory in Middlesex., made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1858 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Warren de la Rue, born 1815 - died 1889 (photographers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stereograph glass positive

  • Museum number:

    E.131-1993

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case ABOVE MX7, shelf X773, box F

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Warren De La Rue was among the earliest astronomer-photographers and worked at Kew Observatory. The attraction between astronomy and photography was natural, since both are concerned with the reflectance or absorption of light upon surfaces. Each image of this stereo pair consists of the full moon in its entirety. De La Rue took them at different geographical locations and different times of year. When seen together through a stereo viewer, the two images give an illusion of depth. Even when not seen in a stereo viewer the format of the glass transparency emphasises the luminosity of the moon.

Physical description

Two glass stereoscopic photographs of the moon, black and white transparency, mounted on one red mount. Lettered with title, artist's name and publishing details.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, United Kingdom (The first stereograph of the moon was made by de la Rue at the Cranford Observatory in Middlesex., made)

Date

ca. 1858 (made)

Artist/maker

Warren de la Rue, born 1815 - died 1889 (photographers)

Materials and Techniques

Stereograph glass positive

Marks and inscriptions

Enlarged and published by Smith, Beck & Beck, London
Lunar phootgraphs of Warren de la Rue F.R.S - Sec RAS

Dimensions

Height: 5.7 cm Size of each image, Length: 5.7 cm

Descriptive line

Stereoscopic photograph of the moon by Warren De La Rue. Great Britain, ca. 1858.

Materials

Glass

Techniques

Photography; Wet collodion

Subjects depicted

Moon; Planets; Astronomy; Celestial; Celestial globes

Categories

Science; Photographs

Collection code

PDP

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