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In-Person Gallery Talk: Ella Hurd’s Botanical Cyanotypes—Camera-less Photography and Scientific Discovery in the 19th Century


Harvard Art Museums

A cyanotype of botanical specimens.

In this in-person talk, curator Lynette Roth and conservator Tess Hamilton discuss Ella Hurd’s cyanotypes and how they reveal her process.

Registration required

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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)


  • In-person only.

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States


Neighborhood 9

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

Dates and Times

.: Wed, April 27 2022 12:30PM – 1PM.

Additional information

The talk will highlight amateur botanist Ella Hurd and the process she used to make her cyanotypes. It will also explore the importance of camera-less photography 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 botanical specimens.

.: Wed, April 27 2022 12:30PM – 1PM.

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Harvard Art Museums

(617) 495-9400

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Last updated March 25, 2022.