Pioneers of Electric Telegraphy at the British Association

Made:
1865 in United Kingdom
Framed photograph of "Pioneers of Electric Telegraphy at the British Association Birmingham 1865", unknown maker, Framed photograph of "Pioneers of Electric Telegraphy at the British Association 1865", 13" x 8" approx. plus mount.

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Framed photograph of "Pioneers of Electric Telegraphy at the British Association Birmingham 1865", unknown maker,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Framed photograph of "Pioneers of Electric Telegraphy at the British Association 1865", 13" x 8" approx. plus mount.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Framed photograph of 'Pioneers of Electric Telegraphy at the British Association Birmingham 1865', unknown maker, British, 1865.

This image is described as a photograph although close inspection suggests that, at the least, a great deal of retouching has been undertaken to make it resemble a drawing. It purports to be a view taken at the Birmingham meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science showing 29 of the 'pioneers of electric telegraphy'. These include William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone, who invented the first commercial electric telegraphy system in Britain; Samuel Morse, after whom 'Morse code' is named; Cyrus Field and Wildman Whitehouse, two of the men behind the first transatlantic telegraph cable; and W T Henley, the founder of W T Henley's Telegraphy Works Company, one of the major companies involved in the manufacture of telegraphic instruments and cables. It is possible that the 'photograph' is a carefully-made composite.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1919-248
Materials:
chipboard, metal, paper, sepia tinted and wood
Measurements:
frame: 400 mm x 530 mm 3.08 kg
photo: 203 mm x 330 mm
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication