Warren de la Rue Lunar Photographs, circa 1860
Two stereoscopic glass positives each with red mount and binding.
The mount on one titled in gilt ‘LUNAR PHOTOGRAPHS BT WARREN DE LA RUE FRS _Sec RAS
Enlarged and Published by SMITH BECK & BECK LONDON’.
The other mount un titled with some age spotting to one image
170mm x 82mm
Warren De La Rue was among the earliest astronomer-photographers and worked at Kew Observatory. The attraction between astronomy and photography was natural, since both are concerned with the reflectance or absorption of light upon surfaces. Each image of this stereo pair consists of the full moon in its entirety. De La Rue took them at different geographical locations and different times of year. When seen together through a stereo viewer, the two images give an illusion of depth. Even when not seen in a stereo viewer the format of the glass transparency emphasises the luminosity of the moon.
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