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Warren de la Rue

(1815-1889), Chemist and astronomer

Sitter in 5 portraits
Warren de la Rue was a pioneer in astronomical photography, the method by which nearly all modern astronomical observations are made. Educated in Paris, he returned to London and entered his father's stationary business. He devoted his leisure hours to chemical and electrical researches, and between 1836 and 1848 published several papers on these subjects. From 1852 de la Rue began to be interested in the application of photography to astronomy. His stereoscopic pictures (formed by combining two photographs taken in succession) of the sun and the moon created a sensation at the International Exhibition of 1862 in London.

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Warren de la Rue, by Maull & Polyblank - NPG P120(38)

Warren de la Rue

by Maull & Polyblank
albumen print, arched top, 1855
NPG P120(38)

Warren de la Rue, by Henry Joseph Whitlock - NPG Ax18257

Warren de la Rue

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax18257

Warren de la Rue, by Ernest Edwards, published by  Alfred William Bennett - NPG Ax14763

Warren de la Rue

by Ernest Edwards, published by Alfred William Bennett
albumen print, published 1865
NPG Ax14763

Warren de la Rue, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington - NPG Ax17682

Warren de la Rue

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1882
NPG Ax17682

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Warren de la Rue

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1882
NPG x134534

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