This collage includes ink drawings, wood engravings, rice paper, and gilded paper. “Some of the images of what appear to be seaweed and algae remind me of Anna Atkins’s cyanotypes of British algae. The women’s interest in capturing the natural world, including botany, is also reminiscent of the earlier cabinets of curiosities, which held such natural history items as rocks, shells, plant life, and even animal relics. In a way, Wagner’s album is like a two-dimensional cabinet of curiosities,” says Jessica Pigza. NYPL, Pforzheimer Collection


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