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Thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

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Anna Atkins, a trained botanist with a background in scientific book illustration, became interested in the new invention of photography as a means of recording her botanical specimens. Using the cyanotype, a highly stable chemical variant of Talbot's photogenic drawing technique, Atkins...

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Provenance

Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Inc., New York; purchased November 1986.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund

1851–54

Dimensions

Image: 34.9 x 24.8 cm (13 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.) Mount: 48.3 x 38.1 cm (19 x 15 in.)

Accession Number

1986.593

Medium or Technique

Photograph, cyanotype photogram

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