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Gallery Talk: Anna Atkins’s Botanical Cyanotypes—Camera-less Photography and Scientific Discovery in the 19th Century


Harvard Art Museums

A cyanotype of four botanical specimens in white against a blue background.

Librarian Lillianne Keaney and conservator Penley Knipe discuss the cyanotype photograms of Anna Atkins.

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Gallery talks are limited to 18 people, and it is required that you reserve your place. At 10am the day of the event, reservations will open and may be arranged online through this form. The gallery talk reservation will also serve as your general museum reservation. If required, visitors will pay the museum admission fee upon arrival.


$20 Adults

$18 Seniors (65+)

Free Sundays—free to all!

Free All students with a valid ID

Free Harvard ID holders (plus one guest)

Free Harvard Art Museums Friends

Free Youth under 18

Free Cambridge residents (proof of residency required)


  • Free for some residents


  • In-person only.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk.

Dates and Times

.: Tue, May 10 2022 12:30PM – 1PM.

Additional information

This talk will highlight the work and artistic process of Anna Atkins (1799–1871), creator of the first photographically illustrated book. It will also explore the importance of Atkins’s photograms to scientific research and documentation in the 19th century.

This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph, on view at the Harvard Art Museums through July 31, 2022.

A cyanotype of four botanical specimens in white against a blue background.

.: Tue, May 10 2022 12:30PM – 1PM.

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Last updated April 14, 2022.