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Moffat, John, 1819–1894

Studio portrait of William Henry Fox Talbot.

Edinburgh : John Moffat, [1864]
Physical Description:
1 photograph : albumen print on card mount ; mount 11 x 7 cm (carte de visite format)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Photographs A no. 4
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Hans P. Kraus, Jr.
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
For dating (to 1864), see Gill's "Portraits of Fox Talbot." The present version is the earlier issue of the carte de visite described by Gill, with a red outline and the words "J. Moffat Edinburgh" also in red. Fox Talbot probably visited Moffat's studio soon after his participation in a meeting of the Photographic Society of Scotland on March 8, 1864 (Gill, pages 304-305).
Gill, A.T. "Portraits of Fox Talbot." In The Photographic Journal, CXV, 1975, page 305
The portrait depicts Talbot seated at an ornate desk, in the Edinburgh photographic studio of John Moffat. A variant portrait from the same studio session depicted Talbot handling the lens of camera -- not present in this portrait.
Subject Terms:
Photographers -- Great Britain.
Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800-1877 -- Portraits.
Albumen prints.
Portrait photographs.
Studio portraits.
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)

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