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