In 1841 William Henry Fox Talbot patented the first negative-positive photographic process, which formed the basis of photography until the digital age. The photographer placed a piece of paper coated in a solution of light-sensitive silver salts in the camera, exposed it to sunlight, and developed the latent image to produce a negative that could then be printed as multiple positives. Any imperfections in the negative were reproduced in the print. Here the negative’s missing corner was eliminated by cropping. A modern gas lamppost anchors this image of a typical street corner in a British village.
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[...]; (Christie's South Kensington, October 30, 1986, lot 74); Joyce F. Menschel, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 65".
Date: 1880–1900; made in style of early 17th centuryMedium: Poplar back frame with applied upper moldings in walnut, ebony, and ebonized pearwood. Half-lapped back frame. Niello; crystal and lapis lazulipanels with silver leaf beneath; some with dragon's-blood glaze. Frieze: niello-bordered panels with radius-ended centers and square corners.Accession: 1975.1.2292On view in:Not on view