'Constance and daughters', 19 April 1842.
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Salt paper print from a calotype negative by William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). This is one of several group portraits Talbot did between 1840-1843, his most prolific period. Talbot invented the negative/positive process for producing photographs between 1835-1839, patenting it as the calotype process in 1841. For the first time any number of prints could be made of a single image from the negative.