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William Henry Fox Talbot (1800 - 1877)

Lot 16: WILLIAM HENRY FOX TALBOT

Christie's

May 18, 2005
London, United Kingdom

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Description

Graminée du midi de la France -- Three Stems of Grasses, 1852-57
photographic engraving
annotated 'From a Photographic Engraving on Steel by H. Fox Talbot Esq./The process described in the Athenaeum Apl 30, 1853' by Robert Murray in pencil in margin
plate: 4 5/8 x 7 5/8in. (11.7 x 19.3cm.); paper: 6 5/8 x 10 1/8in. (17 x 25.7cm.)

Artist or Maker

WILLIAM HENRY FOX TALBOT

Literature

C. Armstrong & C. de Zegher (eds.), Ocean Flowers: Impressions from Nature, New York, 2004, p.191, pl.9; G. Buckland, Fox Talbot and the Invention of Photography, London, 1980, p.112.

Provenance

As lot 13.

Notes

THE PROPERTY OF A DESCENDANT OF ROBERT MURRAY

Of Talbot's photographic engravings, Larry J. Schaaf writes:

The first clearly identifiable photogravure process was laid out in Talbot's patent No. 565, titled Improvements in the Art of Engraving; he filed the preliminary specifications on 29 October 1852 and finalized them on 24 January 1853. The patent consisted of producing a photographic image on a metal plate, using this image as a resist to control the etching of that plate, and then printing the resulting plate using a conventional printing press and standard printer's ink. He restricted his description to steel plates, mentioning in passing that zinc plates or lithographic stones might also be used, but notably he made no reference to copper plates at this time. 1

Copper was only introduced as an option in 1858 when Talbot patented his modified photogravure process, the photoglyphic engraving.

1 Sun Pictures, Catalogue 12, New York, 2003, pp.8-9.

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