ObeliskHippolyte Bayard

Arrangement of Specimens

Arrangement of Specimens, 1842, Hippolyte Bayard
Arrangement of Specimens, zoomed in
27.7 cm21.6 cm

Arrangement of Specimens is an Early Photography Cyanotype and Paper Photographic Print created by Hippolyte Bayard in 1842. It lives at the The J. Paul Getty Museum in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Specimens. SourceDownload

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By exposing photosensitive paper soaked in iron salts to light, Hippolyte Bayard created some of the first direct positive prints — beautiful impressions of ferns and lace laid. Sadly, Sir John Herschel invented the Cyanotype the same year, stealing yet another photography milestone from the unlucky Bayard.

Reed Enger, "Arrangement of Specimens," in Obelisk Art History, Published February 25, 2015; last modified September 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/hippolyte-bayard/arrangement-of-specimens/.

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