'Articles of china', c 1844.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

'Articles of china', c 1844.

Talbot, William Henry Fox

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Salt paper print from a calotype negative by English pioneer of photography William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), showing china items displayed on four shelves. Similar images, including one entitled 'Articles of Glas', were included in Talbot's publication 'The Pencil of Nature' - the first ever photographically illustrated book, which was published in 1844 and included still lifes, architectural studies and portraits. Talbot invented the negative/positive proces between 1835-1839, patenting it as the calotype proces in 1841. For the first time any number of prints could be made of a single image from a negative.



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