[Botanical Specimens]

Attributed to Robert Hunt British

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About 1841, at the same time he wrote the first historical account of the two-year-old medium of photography and its much longer prehistory, Hunt experimented with practical uses for photography and applied some variant of Talbot's chemistry to paper, linen, and silk, perhaps seeking a new means of textile decoration. The results look like delicately patterned damask-snippets of coffee- or wine-colored ribbon woven in a floral pattern by the most skilled of artisans.

[Botanical Specimens], Attributed to Robert Hunt (British, 1807–1887), Salted paper and fabric prints

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