Claudet operated one of the earliest commercial photography studios in London. In 1841 he advertised the variety of poses people could assume before his lens: "Either engaged at tea, cards, chess, or in conversation." In this charming photograph, Claudet himself plays a game of chess. He sits opposite a top-hatted gentleman, who, pawn in hand, contemplates his next move.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso BLC: "x300437.0019"
[...]; James and Elise Blair, Washington DC; [Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs, New York, sold to Sendak on August 27, 2003]; Maurice Sendak
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 67," February 9, 2015–June 8, 2015.
Schaaf, Larry J. "The Puzzling Chess Players." William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné Oxford: Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University, June 3, 2016. http://foxtalbot.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/the-puzzling-chess-players/.