Oblong folio (238 x 297mm.) Extraordinary family album containing an exceptional photogenic drawing of a fern by Talbot.
Photogenic drawing negative of a fern by Henry Fox Talbot, and photograph of a print by Talbot (very faint) signed with initials and dated; "H.F.T., 1839". Bound with approximately 28 drawings and watercolours by members of the Mundy family and others, a few prints, each mounted on thick paper, contemporary red half morocco, marbled boards, some drawings.
Includes an early photographic image of a fern by Fox Talbot, inventor of the salted paper and calotype photographic processes. Talbot called his first photographs 'photogenic drawings', which were sun prints, made by placing an object - such as a fern - onto a sheet of paper coated with light-sensitive silver chloride. The fern was pressed between a sheet of glass and the sensitised paper in a printing frame and left in the sun to develop.
Talbot (1800-1877) married Constance Mundy (1811-80) of Markeaton, Derbyshire on 20 December 1832. This album contains drawings or watercolours apparently by Constance (3) and her siblings, including Marian, (1), Laura (5), and Emily (2), together with two by W.H. Sitwell, and others by unidentified persons signed with initials "F.W.M.", "G.W.R.", "H.N. 1834", "W.E.A.S.", "F.B.N.", and "R.H.".
The drawings and watercolours include:
"Eashing near Godalming, Surrey" by Laura A flower by Emily "Wheston, Derbyshire" by Marian Pencil and colour sketch of a child's head by Constance "Making love in Spain" "Willersley Castle, Derbyshire" by Laura "Matlock High Tor" by Laura "Cefalu" [Sicily?] by Laura "Hodsock Priory" (lithograph) Pencil sketch of elephant and hunter being attacked (?after Charles D'Oyly) by "F.W.M." Pen and ink sketch of "Sir Henry and Miss E. Mundy dancing at [ ?]. Maria and Fanny behind." by "G.W.R. 10 years old" Pen and ink drawing of stags by "H.M."