Ada Lovelace - Print

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Ada Lovelace - Print

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This is a portrait of Ada Lovelace, the Enchantress of Numbers, and the first programmer - long before there were even computers as we know them.  Behind her is Charles Babbage's Difference Engine, not completed in his lifetime (he started work on the more powerful Analytical Engine) , for which she wrote the manual and algorithms recognized as the first computer programs.

In her hands she holds a Thatcher calculator (sort of a late 19th century slide-rule), a device she undoubtedly would have loved.  In this drawing I want to represent the history of computing as not merely beginning with the ENIAC, but actually containing roots that go far deeper.  It is also to place women back into the history of computing.  

Ada had a vision of a world full of such machines that could be used even for creating art and music.  Hers and Babbages' work was much later the subject for arguably the most epic steampunk collaboration between William Gibson and Bruce Sterling - the novel "The Difference Engine".  

 This drawing was originally done with ink, watercolor, and prismacolor marker.
11" x 14" large or 8.5" x 11" small archival quality laser print

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