Sketch by Fox Talbot, English, early 19th century.

Talbot, William Henry Fox

Sketch by Fox Talbot, English, early 19th century.
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

Description

This pencil drawing, from a sketchbook by Fox Talbot, depicts a sycamore leaf. William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) was an English physicist and pioneer of photography. In 1839 he announced his invention of 'photogenic drawing' in the same year as the invention of the daguerrotype by Louis Daguerre (1789-1851). The sketch was drawn during his honeymoon in Italy, using a camera lucida. His disatisfaction with images such as this urged him to pursue his photographic experiments.

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