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Photograph (Albumen Print, Photomicrographs) of Various Microscopical Objects, by R. L. Maddox, 1869

Inventory Number: 12100
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Persons: Richard Leach Maddox (Photographer)
Date Created: 1869
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Brief Description: Albumen print mounted on stiff paper, with printed border and caption, as if intended as a book or periodical illustration. The photograph shows 14 (intrinsically numbered 1-13, the diatom 10 being in two parts) photomicrographs, consisting of a botanical section, human blood corpuscles, a bone section, several parasites and fleas, and several diatoms. The photographer's logo is within the final image. Sedgfield is presumably the printer of the mount only. Mount foxed, and slightly damaged. Found associated with the much later photomicrographs of D. P. Knight, with which they have no obvious connection.
Richard Leach Maddox (1816-1902), a physician and microscopist, is celebrated in the annals of photography as the inventor of gelatine dry plate negatives, which he first proposed in 1871. See also 12101.
Primary Inscriptions: Signed by means of a logo within the image: 'R. L. Maddox. MD | 18 Photo 69'. Printed on front of mount 'Explanation of the Plate.' and list of 13 captions, and immediately below photograph: 'Printed by R. Sedgfield. Norbiton.'.
Provenance: Royal Microscopical Society.
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Material(s): Paper
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
136 96 mm

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