Elizabeth Fulhame

(fl. c. 1770—1804) chemist

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18th-century Scottish (?) pioneer of photographic imaging. Count Rumford greatly admired the ‘ingenious and lively Mrs. Fulhame’, who in 1794 published her View to a New Art of Dying and Painting. Encouraged by Joseph Priestley, she detailed her c.1780 method of photographically creating images on cloth by utilizing the salts of gold. A woman of strongly feminist views, she disappeared from view by 1800. Although no examples of her photography have been uncovered, her processes influenced both her contemporaries and the pioneering photographic researches of Sir John Herschel.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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