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Anna Atkins’s Botanical Cyanotypes
Anna Atkins, British, Botryschium Lunaria, c. 1852. Cyanotype. Horblit TypPr 805.A170.002. Houghton Library, Harvard University. Gift of Jean Horblit, TL42351.2.
Librarian Lillianne Keaney and conservator Penley Knipe discuss the cyanotype photograms of Anna Atkins.
This talk will highlight the work and artistic process of Anna Atkins (1799–1871), creator of the first photographically illustrated book. It will also explore the importance of Atkins’s photograms to scientific research and documentation in the 19th century.
This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph, on view at the Harvard Art Museums through July 31, 2022.
Lillianne Keaney, Harrison D. Horblit Photograph
Gallery talks are limited to 18 people, and it is required that you reserve your place. At 10am the day of the event, reservations will open and may be arranged online through this form. The gallery talk reservation will also serve as your general museum reservation. If required, visitors will pay the museum admission fee upon arrival.
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