Anna Atkins

Standard Name: Atkins, Anna
Birth Name: Anna Children
Married Name: Anna Atkins
Used Form: A. A.
Used Form: the author of The Colonel
Anna Atkins , the world's first female photographer,
Moorhead, Joanna. “Blooming marvellous: the world’s first female photographer—and her botanical beauties”.
was a novelist, botanist, science writer and illustrator, and memoirist.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
During her lifetime she published six books, but she is primarily remembered as a mid-Victorian pioneer of photography, both in itself and for scientific illustration.
Nicholls, C. S., editor. The Dictionary of National Biography: Missing Persons. Oxford University Press.


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Friends, Associates Caroline Frances Cornwallis
CFC had a large and diverse group of friends and acquaintances who shared her multitude of interests. Some were scientists, like Michael Faraday ; others were scholars, such as Sismondi and the orientalist Samuel Birch
Textual Production Charlotte Yonge
CY published her novel as the author of The Heir of Redclyffe. Le Fanu's Uncle Silas is sometimes called the first murder mystery, and, as Battiscombe notes, Yonge wrote her contribution to this genre...


24 June 1844-April 1846: William Henry Fox Talbot published Pencil...

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24 June 1844-April 1846

William Henry Fox Talbot published Pencil of Nature, the first mainstream book to feature photographic illustrations.


Atkins, Anna. A Page from the Peerage. T. Cautley Newby, 1863.
Atkins, Anna, and John George Children. Memoir of J. G. Children, Esq. Privately printed by J. B. Nichols and Sons, 1853.
Atkins, Anna. Murder Will Out. Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1859.
Atkins, Anna. Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. Privately printed for the author, 1853.
Atkins, Anna. The Perils of Fashion. Colburn, 1852.