TALBOT, WILLIAM HENRY FOX Articles of China
, 1844. Salted paper print from a calotype paper negative, extracted from the Pencil of Nature, [Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1844-46], No. 1. Sheet size 6 5/8 x 8 3/4 inches (17 x 22 cm), the image area 5 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches (14 x 18 cm). A few minor paper sensitization defects (as usual), slight toning to the edge of the surround but the image with generally good tones, three small crosses on the verso of the image, not visible from the recto.
This was the third plate in the Pencil of Nature, generally described as the first commercially published book to be illustrated with photographs. Of this plate, Talbot wrote: "The whole cabinet of a Virtuoso and collector of old China might be depicted on paper in little more time than it would take him to make a written inventory describing it in the usual way..."
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