This Study Day to accompany the exhibition 'A Noble Invention': Ruskin's Daguerreotypes of Venice and Verona, will place the daguerreotype process in the history of early photography, and reveal the background to Ruskinís interest in the medium.† Curators and experts will also explain the problems of conservation and display, and a contemporary daguerreotype artist will speak about its continuing fascination and challenges.
The 125 daguerreotype plates in the Whitehouse Collection (now in the Ruskin Library, under the care of the Ruskin Foundation) form one of the most important surviving groups of early photographs in the world, made between 1845 and 1852. Following exhibitions of those covering Tuscany (2010), France (2011) and Switzerland (2012), a last display focuses on the 28 plates of Venetian subjects and 16 of Verona.
The Ruskin Library is not normally open at weekends; after a morning session of talks, there will be the opportunity to look at the exhibition at leisure and in detail, accompanied by the speakers.† Other plates from the collection will be available for inspection.
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