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The Season of Photography in Scotland 2016 in association with the Stirling Maxwell Centre and the University of Glasgow Library presents:

‘Copied by the Sun: The First Photographically Illustrated Book on Art’ 

Hilary Macartney (University of Glasgow), Wwth Jim Tate (National Museums of Scotland) and Brian Liddy (Bodleian Library)


In 1848, the Scottish scholar Sir William Stirling Maxwell created the world’s first photographically illustrated book on art by adding a volume of Talbotype (or calotype) illustrations to his pioneering book on Spanish art Annals of the Artists of Spain. The photographs, by William Henry Fox Talbot’s assistant Nicolaas Henneman, faded soon after. Nevertheless, this ground-breaking volume pointed the way towards the use of photography in the study of art. This talk launches the publication of a two-volume facsimile and critical edition of the digitally reconstructed photographs.

On display will be the related calotype negative (1847) by D O Hill and Robert Adamson of Velázquez’s Surrender of Breda, a highlight of the recent Stirling Maxwell exhibition at the Prado Museum, Madrid, and other items from the Photographic and Stirling Maxwell Collections in the University of Glasgow Special Collections.

Copied by the Sun is the result of an international collaboration between the University of Glasgow, National Media Museum, the Prado and CEEH on the Stirling Maxwell Research Project.

Link: Event and ticketing details on Eventbrite

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