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19th Century Printed Illustrations based on Photographs
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The purpose of this online exhibition is to provide an easily accessible collection of 19th century woodcuts, engravings and lithographs that were based upon photographs at a time when illustrations could not be printed directly from photographic positives or negatives in mass media or books.
Within this collection there are the well known images based on Daguerreotypes brought together by Noël Marie Paymal Lerebours for his publication Excursions daguerriennes: vues et monuments les plus remarquables du globe (1841-1842), and those of Timothy O'Sullivan at the "Shoshone Falls" and in the "Shifting Sand-Mounds" that were published in "Photographs from the High Rockies" in Harper's New Monthly Magazine (June 1869). Besides these there are less well known images based on original photographs by Abraham Bogardus, J.E. Mayall, Mathew B. Brady, Louis Auguste Bisson, Richard Beard and others. There is also the remarkable case of the Daguerreotype of the hand of Captain Jonathan Walker with the brand SS (Slave Stealer) burnt into it and how it was used as a propaganda image against slavery in the American South.
The magazine illustration of "The American and French Fashions Contrasted" from The Water-Cure Journal (New York) of 1851 shows two illustrations side-by-side. The one on the right is the pre-photograph style of magazine illustration and the one on the left was based on a photograph. The difference is striking.
Archive Farms, Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Département des Estampes et de la Photographie, British Library, Brown University Library - Special Collections, Charles Schwartz Ltd, Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Collection of Michael G. Jacob, Cornell University Library, Creative Commons - Wikipedia, George Eastman Museum, Google Books, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Internet - Original source ill-defined, J. Cosmas Vintage Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, Lee Gallery, Library and Archives Canada, Library Company of Philadelphia, Library of Congress - Geography and Maps Division, Library of Congress - Prints and Photographs Division, Linda Hall Library of Science - Engineering and Technology, Massachusetts Historical Society, McCord Museum of Canadian History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Archives and Records Administration, National Gallery of Canada - The Origins of Photography: The Matthew R. Isenburg and Enhanced Isenburg Collections 1840-1880, National Parks Service, National Science and Media Museum, New York Historical Society, New York Public Library, Paul Frecker, Private collection of Dr. Russell A. Potter, Private collection of Giovanni Fanelli, Scott Polar Research Institute - University of Cambridge, Smith College Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution LIbraries, State Library of Victoria, The Courtauld Institute of Art, U.S. Navy, Wellcome Collection.