- A view of the Moon, New York, 8 January 1865
- albumen, card stock
Large albumen print (21 1/4 x 17 1/8 in.) mounted on card stock (23 1/2 x 19 1/4 in.), signed and dated in-plate ("Lewis M Rutherfurd "), some foxing, scattered creasing (mostly to margins), small chip to lower edge, small tear to right edge, approx 1/2 inch. Framed and glazed.
New York January 8 1865
A large-format photograph of the moon by Lewis Rutherfurd, "the greatest lunar photographer of the age" (Richard Proctor). Rutherfurd (1816-92) trained as a lawyer, but in 1849 he changed direction, had an observatory built at his home at 11th Street and 2nd Avenue in New York, and spent the rest of his life working on astronomical photography and spectroscopy. He was among the first American astronomers to use photography in astrophysical research, taking his first photographs from his garden observatory in 1858.
In addition to lunar photography, Rutherfurd produced outstanding photographs of the sun and planets, as well as star clusters and stars down to the fifth magnitude. He invented instruments for his studies, including the micrometer for measuring photographs, a machine for producing improved ruled diffraction gratings, and the first telescope designed specifically for astrophotography.