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John Adams Whipple
James Wallace Black (American, 1825–1896)
Salted paper print from glass negative
21.1 x 15.8 cm (8 5/16 x 6 1/4 in. )
Robert O. Dougan Collection, Gift of Warner Communications Inc., 1978
Not on view
In December 1849, John Whipple made his first photograph of the moon, a daguerreotype taken through the telescope at the Harvard College Observatory in Cambridge. Although he did not make the first lunar photograph in America, in terms of accuracy and aesthetics Whipple produced what were internationally recognized as the most sublime photographs of the moon. This study, made with his partner James Black and copied from a daguerreotype, would seem to illustrate the astronomical maxim: the more clearly one can see an object in space, the more beautiful it looks.
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