Sarah Angelina Acland: First Lady of Colour Photography

Sarah Angelina Acland: First Lady of Colour Photography

by Giles Hudson


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Sarah Angelina Acland (1849-1930) is one of the most important photographers of the late Victorian and early Edwardian periods. Born to a preeminent English family, Acland first gained note as a portraitist whose illustrious subjects—among them two prime ministers, the physicist Lord Kelvin, and the noted art critic John Ruskin—were visitors to her family’s Oxford home. Yet it was through her work in the thenfledgling field of color photography that Acland achieved her greatest acclaim. When her color photographs were shown at the Royal Photographic Society in 1905, many considered them to be among the finest work produced in the new medium.

An introduction to Acland’s entire body of work, this volume contains more than two hundred previously unpublished examples of her photographs, spanning portraiture, studies of Oxford architecture, and landscape and garden photographs captured in Madeira, Portugal. Additional images include four unrecorded portraits by Lewis Carroll of Acland and her brothers—shed light on the work of her contemporaries, including acquaintances and artistic influences like Carroll and Julia Margaret Cameron. A fascinating look at the earliest days of color photography, this book also offers a glimpse into the lives of an influential English family and its circle of friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851243723
Publisher: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Publication date: 11/15/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Giles Hudson is a social historian whose research has focused on science and photography.

Table of Contents

Art, Science and the Acland Family of Oxford
An Oxford Education in Photography, 1849 to 1891
First Photographs
Portraiture after Cameron and Carroll
The Oxford Camera Club
Orthochromatic Photography and the Cadett Spectrum Plate
The Sanger Shepherd Process of Natural Colour Photography
The Autochrome and Other Screen-plate Processes
Last Years and Legacy

Monochrome Photographs
Colour Photographs
    Kromaz and Kromskop Plates
    Sanger Shepherd Process
    Autochrome Plates
    Omnicolore Plates
    Dufay Dioptichrome Plates
    Paget Colour Plates

Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements and Figures Sources

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