William Henry Fox Talbot (British, Dorset 1800–1877 Lacock)
September 4, 1843
Salted paper print from paper negative
Gift of Jean Horblit, in memory of Harrison D. Horblit, 1994
Not on view
Talbot to his daughter, Matilda, to her daughter, Constance Stewart; Christie's London sale 10/84; Mrs. Harrison D. Horblit
Talbot, William Henry Fox. The Pencil of Nature. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1844–46. Plate I.
Schaaf, Larry J. William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné, Oxford: Bodleian Libraries, 2017. http://foxtalbot.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/.
Variant image between 1969 facsimile copy and actual image in the collection. Facsimile image is from the replacement negative, created in 1844 or 1845 - collection image is from the original negative, made in 1843?
"By early spring 1846 [the original] negative had been badly damaged by an accidental splash of chemicals, leading to a need for replacement. In spite of its damage, the original negative was preserved; loose prints (outside those bound in copies of The Pencil of Nature) are met with fairly commonly but are rarely in good condition. The replacement negative also survives, along with numerous loose prints. It was possibly taken by Nicolaas Henneman; the framing is awkward, encompassing the entire wing of Queen's, with vertical convergence caused by the camera pointing up. The shadow fills the entire street and cuts in at the bottom of Queen's. The lower part of the church is covered in scaffolding, indicating that the variant negative was most likely produced in 1844 or 1845."
Schaaf. The Photographic Art of William Henry Fox Talbot (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2000), p. 176.