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Anna Atkins’s Botanical Cyanotypes

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

May 10 2022
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.

Led by:
Lillianne Keaney, Harrison D. Horblit Photograph

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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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Face Masks Required: No
Social Distancing: No
Limited Capacity: Yes
Reservations Required: Yes
Proof of Vaccination Required: No

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