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Atkins, Anna, 1799-1871

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Personal name headingAtkins, Anna, 1799-1871
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Variant(s)Children, Anna, 1799-1871
A. A. (Anna Atkins), 1799-1871
See alsoCo-worker: Children, J. G. (John George), 1777-1852
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Co-worker: Dixon, Anne, 1799-1864
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Friend: Dixon, Anne, 1799-1864
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Friend: Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800-1877
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Friend: Herschel, John F. W. (John Frederick William), 1792-1871
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Other standard no.500001807
Birth date1799-03-16
Death date1871-06-09
Place of birthTonbridge (England)
Place of deathSevenoaks (England)
Field of activityBotany Botanical illustration Scientific illustration Photography Photography, Artistic Photograms Blueprinting Calotype Photogenic drawing
AffiliationBotanical Society of London
Profession or occupationBotanists Botanical artists Photographers Scientific illustrators
Special noteNot the same as: Atkyns, Mrs., no2017039031
Found inAtkins, Anna. Sun gardens : Victorian photograms / by Anna Atkins ; text by Larry J. Schaaf, c1985: t.p. (Anna Atkins) p. 23, etc. (b. Anna Children, 3/16/1799; m. John Pelly Atkins, 8/30/1825; d. 6/9/1871)
Atkins, Anna. Photographs of British algae, 1843-1853: pt. 1, leaf 3 (preface, signed A.A.)
Schaaf, Larry J. "Atkins (née Children), Anna (1799-1871)," in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, accessed online March 28, 2017 (Atkins (née Children), Anna; botanist and photographic artist, born March 16, 1799, in Tonbridge, Kent, daughter of John George Children (1777-1852), scientist; "the father and daughter developed a close and mutually productive lifelong relationship ... It is ... likely that her father's influential position in the British Museum and the Royal Society encouraged her participation and acceptance in these traditionally male circles"; contributed more than 200 drawings to her father's 1823 translation of Jean Lamarck's Genera of shells; married John Pelly Atkins, 1825; member of the Botanical Society of London; "undertook the first serious application of photography to science by making photograms of her extensive collection of algae," utilizing her friend Sir John Herschel's 1842 invention of the cyanotype process; her privately published Photographs of British algae, issued in parts between 1843 and 1853, was "the first book illustrated with photographs"; "Anna Atkins was a sensitive photographer who continued after this to create cyanotypes of other natural objects, largely for their aesthetic value, and sometimes in conjunction with Anne Dixon (née Austen) (1800-1864), a close childhood friend, the wife of a vicar in Sussex"; Atkins died in Sevenoaks, at her home, Halstead Place, on June 9, 1871)
Schaaf, Larry A. "The first photographically printed and illustrated book," in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, v.73 (1979), via ProQuest, March 28, 2017: pages 212-213 ("Atkins authored only one other work [besides Photographs of British algae], a privately printed memorial to her father in 1853 [Memoir of J.G. Children, Esq.], but has been incorrectly credited with several novels in some bibliographies"; most incorrect attributions based on British Library (then British Museum) cataloging, which credited The perils of fashion and others to her; a list on the back cover of the British Museum copy of Murder will out attributes authorship to "a Mrs Atkyns. There seems to be no reason to associate these with Anna Atkins")
Boase, Frederick. Modern English biography, v. 4 (supplement v. 1), 1908, via Google Books, March 28, 2017: page 191 (Atkins, Anna (dau. of John George Children), b. 1800, d. 1872; author of Photographs of British algae, Memoir of J.G. Children, The perils of fashion, The colonel, A page from the peerage)
Halkett, S. Halkett, S. Dictionary of anonymous and pseudonymous English literature (1926-62 edition): v. 4, page 324 (Perils (the) of fashion (by Mrs. Anna Atkins)) v. 1, page 377 (Colonel (the) : a story of fashionable life. By the author of The perils of fashion (Mrs Anna Atkins)) v. 4, page 134 (Murder will out : a story of real life. By the author of The colonel, etc. (Mrs. Anna Atkins)) v. 4, page 290 (Page (a) from the peerage. By the author of The colonel, etc. (Mrs. Anna Atkins, née Children))
Schaaf, L. J. "Atkins (née Children), Anna," in Grove art online, 2003, updated and revised, 20 January 2016; accessed online December 25, 2020, via Oxford art online ("Atkins (née Children), Anna; b Tonbridge, Kent, March 16, 1799; d Halstead Place, Kent, June 9, 1871; English photographer and scientist")
Bissell, Gerhard. "Atkins, Anna," in Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, v. 1, 2005, accessed online, December 25, 2020 (Atkins, Anna; artist ID: _42150149; further name: Children, Anna; gender: female; occupation: photographer; master draughtsman; botanist; date and place of birth: 1799.03.16, Tonbridge, Kent; date and place of death: 1871.06.09, Halstead Place (Kent); pioneer of photography; her British algae was for a time the only scientific publication to make serious use of photography; in the early 1850s, collaborated with her childhood friend Anne Dixon, née Austen)
Database of scientific illustrators (DSI), January 2, 2021 (Atkins, Anna; born 1799, Tonbridge, Kent; died 1871, Halstead Place, Kent; daughter of naturalist John George Children; education: "was taught photogenic drawing & calotype by William Fox Talbot; was taught cyanotype by John Herschel"; collaborator: Anne Dixon; techniques: "botanical cyanotype, blueprinting, photography, engraving, photogram, contact printing, esp. of algae")
Photographers' Identities Catalog (PIC), January 2, 2021 (Anna Atkins, English, 1799-1871; female; "Educated in botany, and as family friends of William Henry Fox Talbot had learned the calotype process around 1841. John Herschel, another family friend, invented the cyanotype in 1842"; processes used: calotypes, cyanotypes)
   <>, January 2, 2021 (Atkins, Anna; also known as: Children, Anna; A.A.; life dates: 1799-1871; birth place: England, Kent, Tonbridge; death place: England, Halstead Place; notes: "She used photogenic drawings as a scientific tool. Using the cyanotype process, she made contact prints of 'native plants' to use as research notes")
Union list of artist names online, December 25, 2020 (Atkins, Anna (English photographer and botanist, 1799-1871); "Atkins was the first person to publish a photographically printed and illustrated book, her privately published 'British Algae' (1843-1853). In the early 1850s she began to collaborate with Anne Dixon on creative cyanotype photograms")
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