Somerset House from Waterloo Bridge, London, c.1845
salt print from calotype negative [Schaaf 1207]
watermarked 'J Whatman 1846'
image: 6 5/8 x 8 1/8in. (17 x 20.7cm.); paper: 7 1/4 x 9in. (18.3 x 22.6cm.)
G. Stamp, The Changing Metropolis: Earliest Photographs of London 1839-79, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, 1984, p.43, pl.17.
In The Changing Metropolis: Earliest Photographs of London 1839-79, Gavin Stamp observed that this view of Somerset House, designed by Sir William Chambers and built between 1776 and 1796, was taken by Talbot "standing on Waterloo Bridge, two decades before the construction of the Embankment, so the massive rusticated basement to the terrace rises, as Chambers intended, out of the Thames itself." 1
The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford holds the waxed negative and the William Henry Fox Talbot Trust holds a few prints. Prints of this image are rare and this is one of only several known prints.
1 Harmondsworth, Middlesex, 1984, p.43.
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