[ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY] RUTHERFURD, LEWIS MORRIS (1816-1892). [The Moon] From a Negative taken at the Observatory of Mr. L. M. Rutherfurd...
Albumen print on the black card mount of issue, image 9 x 6 1/4 inches (228 x 158 mm), the mount label indicating that this was printed and published by O.G. Mason, Photographer, New York City, providing additionally the observatory latitude and longitude and the sidereal time of the exposure. Very minor wear, overall a fine example with rich, beautiful tones.
A remarkable early large-format image of the moon by Rutherfurd, a pioneering astrophotographer, who had abandoned his legal career in 1849 to pursue his astronomical studies. He was called (with justice) the greatest lunar photographer of the age, by Richard Proctor, the English astronomer. Oscar G. Mason, who prepared this image, was the official photographer at Bellevue Hospital in New York. He consulted for Rutherfurd on astronomic and spectral photography, keeping a private office at 333 E. 26th Street for his telescopic and freelance projects.
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