'British Ferns' insert from 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', 1853

Made:
1851-08-26 in United Kingdom
photographer:
Anna Atkins
'British Ferns' insert from 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', 1853
      'British Ferns' insert from the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns'

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'British Ferns' insert from 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', 1853 'British Ferns' insert from the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns'
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'British Ferns' insert from the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) in 1853.

'British Ferns' insert from the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', featured in the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in August 1851.

Atkins was a pioneering figure in photographic history, having produced the first book to use photographic illustrations - 'British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions' - in 1843.

This image was made by placing the plant specimen on top of light-sensitised paper and then exposing it to sunlight.

The cyanotype process was invented by Sir John Herschel (1792-1871) in 1842 and derived from his observations on the light sensitivity of iron salts. The brilliant blue colour of the resulting prints gives the process its more common name - the blueprint. The process was used for many years to duplicate engineers' drawings.

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Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1995-5024/2
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • processes and techniques
  • image making processes and techniques
  • photographic process
credit:
National Media Museum, Bradford