Please complete the form to email this item.

Photograph - Papaver Orientale; Poppy, from Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns (1854)
  • Papaver Orientale
    Atkins, Anna, born 1799 - died 1871
  • Enlarge image

Papaver Orientale; Poppy, from Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns (1854)

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1852-1854 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cyanotype

  • Museum number:

    PH.381-1981

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 12

  • Download image

As a botanist and early photographer, Anna Atkins quickly realised the benefit of using the cyanotype process to record specimens of plant life, such as this poppy. Cyanotype was invented by the astronomer Sir John Herschel in 1842. The following year, Atkins became the first person to print and publish a photographically illustrated book, British Algae, Cyanotype Impressions, part 1. To make a ‘photogram’ with the cyanotype process, the photographer laid an object on paper impregnated with iron salts, then exposed the paper to sunlight for a few minutes. When washed in water, the area where the plant had blocked the light remained white, but the area that was exposed came out a rich blue.

Physical description

Blue and white photographic image (photogram) of a poppy

Place of Origin

Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

1852-1854 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Cyanotype

Dimensions

Height: 35 cm, Width: 24.2 cm

Descriptive line

Cyanotype print of a poppy.

Exhibition History

19th Century Photography: Victorian Visions (Lady Lever Art Gallery 01/12/2007-16/03/2008)

Techniques

Cyanotype

Subjects depicted

Flower; Poppy

Categories

Photographs

Collection code

PDP

Download image
Qr_O91281
Ajax-loader