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Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800–1877

View of Queen's College, Oxford.

England, approximately 1840.
Physical Description:
1 photograph : salt print ; 110 x 90 mm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Photographs A no. 2
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
The paper bears the partial watermark for Whatman Turkey Mill.
Initalled "IHW" in blue ink on verso. The historian Harold White worked with Talbot's granddaughter, Matilda, at Lacock Abbey, Talbot's Wiltshire home, after the Second World War. They initially organized Talbot's papers with the intention of writing a biography. White also began to collect (and later to sell) works by Talbot. In the early years of his work at Lacock he chemically intensified some of Talbot's most faded prints in an attempt to retrieve their original appearance. Recording his attempts at conservation and restoration, White annotated such prints with the initials "IHW." See: Schaaf, L.J. Sun Pictures Catalogue Three: The Harold White Collection of Works by William Henry Fox Talbot (New York: Hans P Kraus, Jr, 1987).
Salted paper print from two calotype paper negatives, one for the image and another for the caption. The image provides an early view of the entrance gate of Queen's College, the same subject which Talbot included in part III of The Pencil of Nature (1844-1846).
Subject Terms:
Photography, Artistic.
Queen's College (University of Oxford) -- Pictorial works.
Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800-1877. Pencil of nature.
White, Harold, 1902-1983 -- Photograph collections.
Calotype (paper process)
Salted paper prints.
Watermarks (Paper) -- Whatman Turkey Mill.
White, Harold, 1902-1983.

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