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Study of Leaves

A work made of gum bichromate photogram.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gum bichromate photogram.

Date:

1877

Artist:

Amelia Bergner
American, 1856–1923

About this artwork

The daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia brewer, Amelia Bergner was active in musical and cultural circles. It is likely that her interest in art, rather than an urge to classify the region’s flora, prompted her to produce the botanical album from which this print is drawn. Bergner placed fern fronds and leaves directly on paper coated with light-sensitive chemicals and pigments, which she then exposed to the sun. The practice of recording botanical specimens photographically dates to the earliest photographic experiments: William Henry Fox Talbot reproduced flowers and leaves on light-sensitive paper in the 1830s and was considered fitting for 19th-century women, as it exposed them to art, science, and healthful fresh air.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Amelia Bergner

Title

Study of Leaves

Place

United States (Object made in)

Date

Made 1877

Medium

Gum bichromate photogram

Dimensions

28.9 × 22.9 cm (image); 40.7 × 34.3 cm (album page)

Credit Line

Photography Associates Fund

Reference Number

2009.36

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