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Anthotype experiments by Mary Somerville

Dep. c. 354*
Held at the Weston Library

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Eleven small paper strips with coloured emulsion painted on, created by Mary Somerville, discovered inside Dep. c. 354, MSSW-13, a notebook of experiments on plant-based photographic emulsions. The coloured emulsions are made from ground fruit and vegetable, making these strips among the earliest Anthotypes.

The paper strips feature notes that correspond to ingredients listed in the back of the notebook.

Anthotypes are plant-based photographs made from fruit and vegetable emulsion, invented by Somerville and John Herschel in the early 1840s.

The emulsion is unfixed and so remains light sensitive.


  • Creation: [c.1826-c.1872]


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Language of Materials

  • English


Dep. c. 354*