William Henry Fox Talbot (British, Dorset 1800–1877 Lacock)
Salted paper print from paper negative
16.5 x 19.2 cm (6 1/2 x 7 9/16 in. )
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Not on view
For some pictures Talbot turned his camera toward subjects traditionally thought suitable for artistic representation, scenes of picturesque beauty or sites of historic interest. For others he arranged objects or people in aesthetic tableaux. For still others, such as this one, Talbot must surely have viewed the world through his camera and found on its ground glass an abstract composition that he would not have envisaged as a picture without the framing and spatial flattening characteristic of photographic observation.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink, verso BR: "LA214"
[Hans P. Kraus, Jr., New York]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, October 18, 1987
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," May 25, 1993–July 4, 1993.
Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," August 7, 1993–October 2, 1993.
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," June 19, 1994–September 11, 1994.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940," June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008.
Schaaf, Larry J. Sun Pictures, Catalogue Two: Llewelyn, Maskelyne, Talbot : A Family Circle. Sun Pictures. New York: Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs, 1987. p. 49.
Hambourg, Maria Morris, Pierre Apraxine, Malcolm Daniel, Virginia Heckert, and Jeff L. Rosenheim. The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 10.
Schaaf, Larry J. The Photographic Art of William Henry Fox Talbot. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000. no. 50.
Schaaf, Larry J. William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné, Oxford: Bodleian Libraries, 2017. http://foxtalbot.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/.