Provenance: Marie-Thérèse and André Jammes, Paris Hans P. Kraus, Jr., New York
Literature: André Jammes, William Henry Fox Talbot: Inventor of the Negative-Positive Process, New York, MacMillan, 1973, pl. 9 Hans P. Kraus, Jr. and Larry Schaaf, Sun Pictures, Catalogue Seven, New York, Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Inc., 1995, pp. 46-47 Kathleen Stewart Howe, intersections: lithography, Photography, and the Traditions of Printmaking, Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, 1998, pl. 6 (illustrated)
This print is watermarked 'J. Whatman 1840'
One of Talbots greatest photographs. Exceptional contrast and clarity. Comparable to a plant study in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.
William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) was a British inventor who pioneered the development of photography. In January 1839, Talbot presented his discoveries of 'photogenic drawing' to the Royal Institution. He then produced the first calotype in 1841: the first negative-positive process making possible multiple copies from a single negative. After patenting the calotype process, Talbot continued to make major contributions to photography as an artistic medium. His most important publication The Pencil of Nature (1844-1847) culminated many of his photographic discoveries for which he was earlier awarded the Rumford Medal of the Royal Society. The Pencil of Nature was the first book ever to be illustrated entirely in photographs, displaying his various landscapes, plant studies, and the earliest views of British social life.