James Nasmyth, Lunar craters, 1874 (photograph, Woodburytype)

James Nasmyth, Lunar craters, 1874 (photograph, Woodburytype)

Stock Number: 008


Photograph of the craters Aristarchus and Herodotus, made using the 'Woodburytype' process, 1874


210 x 280 mm



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UK and Ireland

Categories: Photographs, Early British Photographers


From Nasmyth’s and Carpenter’s The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite (London, 1874). The image in fact shows a spectacularly lit plaster model – an image of this detail would have been impossible at the time, so Nasmyth made models, themselves based on his drawings, which he then photographed. In spite of their artificiality, Nasmyth’s images were singled out for praise by Norman Locker, who wrote that ‘no more truthful or striking representations of natural objects than those here presented have ever been laid before his readers by any student of Science; and I may add that, rarely if ever, have equal pains been taken to insure such truthfulness’. The Woodburytype process was an early photomechanical means of reproducing photographs, resulting in a rich, slightly embossed image. Very good condition: pin-hole to upper left corner (not affecting image).

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