Anna Atkins, 'Title page of British Ferns'

Anna Atkins, 'Title page of British Ferns'

Anna Atkins (1797-1871) 
Title page of British Ferns
About 1852
Cyanotype  
Museum no. Ph.379-1981

Atkins was the world's first woman photographer and the first person ever to publish a photographically illustrated book (British Algae, 1843). She took up what she called 'Sir John Herschel's beautiful process of cyanotype' as soon as it was invented in 1842. This is the title page of her second series of botanical illustrations.