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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

Talbotypes at the Museo del Prado, Madrid


Copied by the Sun. The Talbotypes from ‘The Annals of the Artists of Spain’ by William Stirling Maxwell (1847)

Prado Museum, Madrid
18 May 2016 – 04 September 2016

The result of a collaborative project between the National Media Museum in Bradford and the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, the Museo del Prado has assembled for the first time the material used by the Scottish collector and Hispanist William Stirling Maxwell for the preparation of his book The Annals of the Artists of Spain, the first art historical publication to include photographic images. With the Annals, Spanish art became widely known abroad through its reproductions of works by 16th – 17th century Spanish artists, as well as Goya. On display are the proofs from the Henneman photographic studio, showing how the book was produced and the problems encountered.

Curated by founding ARTES member Hilary Macartney, University of Glasgow; and José Manuel Matilla, Head of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Museo Nacional del Prado.

Lecture by José Manuel Matilla: 25 May 2016