Art/ Collection/ Art Object

[Wild Fennel]

Artist:
William Henry Fox Talbot (British, Dorset 1800–1877 Lacock)
Date:
1841–42
Medium:
Salted paper print
Dimensions:
Image: 18.7 x 22.7 cm (7 3/8 x 8 15/16 in.), corners clipped
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Denise and Andrew Saul Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.260
Not on view
Talbot's earliest pictures "impressed by the agency of light alone," as he described them, were photographic traces of botanical specimens laid on sheets of chemically sensitized paper and set in the sun. The paper darkened wherever it was struck by light but remained white wherever the sun's rays were blocked. As a serious botanist, Talbot envisioned the accurate recording and easy sharing of natural specimens to be one of the important functions of his invention.
André Jammes, Paris; [Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Inc., New York], by early 1990s; Gilman Paper Company Collection, February 6, 1995

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Howard Gilman Gallery: Inaugural Installation," October 16, 1997–February 1, 1998.

Schaaf, Larry J. The Photographic Art of William Henry Fox Talbot. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000. p.130.

Schaaf, Larry J. William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné, Oxford: Bodleian Libraries, 2017. http://foxtalbot.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/.



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