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Cyanotype of the Adiantum serrulatum fern, 1853.

Atkins, Anna

Cyanotype of the Adiantum serrulatum fern, 1853.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


From 'British and Foreign Ferns', an album of ferns published in 1853 for presentation to CSA by Anna Atkins (1799-1871). Atkins is credited with having produced the first book to use photographic illustrations. The 'blueprint' proces used to make the image employs ferric salts to produce a light sensitive solution coated onto a sheet of paper. After exposure it is permanently fixed by washing in plain water. The image is white on a blue background, and is highly durable and stable.

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