Calvert Richard Jones (British, Swansea, Wales 1802–1877 Bath, England)
Salted paper prints from paper negatives
22.4 x 36.2 cm (8 13/16 x 14 1/4 in.) overall
Image: 22.2 x 17 cm (8 3/4 x 6 11/16 in.) each
Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005
Not on view
Jones set out from England on an ambitious photographic Grand Tour of Italy and Malta in 1845, having learned the paper negative photographic process directly from its British inventor, William Henry Fox Talbot. During his journey, Jones took an innovative approach to producing panoramas: he moved the camera in a slight arc between two exposures until the left-hand side of the second view coincided with the right-hand side of the first. Here, the pairing of the prints allows for a sweeping view of architecture along the waterfront in Naples, emphasizing the visual rhyme between bedsheets drying harborside and windows and awnings dotting the buildings above.
Inscription: Both prints numbered and captioned in the negative
By descent to the artist's great-great-grandson; [Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Inc., New York]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, November 6, 1996
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs. "Paradise of Exiles: Early Photography in Italy," March 13, 2017–August 13, 2017.