'The Astronomer', Sir John Herschel, 1867.
4 0 c m
 
34cm
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

'The Astronomer', Sir John Herschel, 1867.

Cameron, Julia Margaret Pattle

© NMeM / Royal Photographic Society / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) of scientist and astronomer John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871). Herschel was awarded numerous honours for his work in astronomy. He was also interested in photography; he was the first to use the word 'photography', and applied the terms 'positive' and 'negative' to the subject. He discovered that hyposulphate quickened the development of photographs, and invented the blueprint (or cyanotype) process. Cameron's portraits are considered among the best in early photography.
 

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