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The Talbotype : sun-pictures.

Additional Title(s):

Talbotype, sun-pictures

[London] : [Printed by Palmer and Clayton], [1846]
Physical Description:
pages 143-144, [1] leaf of plates : illustrations ; 29 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Periodicals (4to) Art Union, 1846 June
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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"The prodigious undertaking placed a severe strain on the rudimentary facilities of the Reading establishment and probably necessitated the cutting of corners to save time. The disastrous result became evident shortly after the journal was published in June 1846, when all seven thousand prints began to fade ..."--Taylor. Impressed by light.
The article may have been written by W.H.F. Talbot. See: Gernsheim, Incunabula.
The plate is a mounted photograph (calotype) by W.H.F. Talbot. The images vary among copies (subscriptions to Art union numbered about 7000). At least 13 different images were employed, including some which also appeared in Talbot's The pencil of nature and Sun pictures in Scotland.
The mounted photograph sometimes has a letterpress caption pasted beneath, and/or a letterpress label pasted on the reverse: "Patent Talbotype or sun pictures". Labels are known with added text: "A great variety of specimens on sale at Messrs. Brooks (Brothers), 87, New Bond Street, London."
Gernsheim, H. Incunabula of British photographic literature, 1092
Gernsheim, H. Origins of photography, pages 202, 205
Taylor, R. Impressed by light, pages 22-23
Text in three columns within single-rule border.
BAC: British Art Center has two copies. In both copies, the photograph lacks a letterpress caption. The photograph in copy 1, bound at the end of the volume, depicts a detail of the tower of Orléans Cathedral. The photograph in copy 2, bound immediately opposite the Talbotype article, depicts a townhouse on the Boulevard des Italiens, in Paris.
Subject Terms:
Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans.
Paris (France)
Photography -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800-1877.
Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800-1877. Pencil of nature.
Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800-1877. Sun pictures in Scotland.
Calotype (paper process)
Salted paper prints.
Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800-1877, photographer.

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