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

2016-10-copied-by-the-sun-a4-posterStirling Maxwell Centre
University of Glasgow

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

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

Illustrated talk, book launch and display of collection highlights

University of Glasgow Library Special Collections, Henry Heaney Room

Thursday 27 October 2018

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 will be available for cash sale at the special price of £67.00.

Publication details (source: WorldCat):

Title: Copied by the sun: Talbotype illustrations to the Annals of the artists of Spain by Sir William Stirling Maxwell: studies and catalogue raisonné /
Author(s): Macartney, Hilary.
Matilla, José Manuel. 
Corp Author(s): Museo del Prado
Publication: Madrid: Museo Nacional del Prado
Year: 2016
Description: 2 volumes (365 numbered pages, 140 unnumbered pages) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language: English
Standard No: ISBN: 9788415245551; 8415245556
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