This work by William Henry Fox Talbot is the earliest example of photography in the Museum collection. Working in the 1830s and 1840s, Talbot created a process using a paper negative from which multiple prints could be made and discovered ways to speed up exposure and processing time by using developing chemicals. As a scientist and inventor, Talbot was interested in exploring all of the possible uses of photography with the idea that photographic processes could take over the documentary role of painting and printmaking. This landscape scene from Loch Katrine, Scotland, was made as part of a series published by subscription as Sun Pictures in Scotland.
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- Titles Loch Katrine with Foreground Woodland (Alternate)
- Artist William Henry Fox Talbot, England, 1800 - 1877
- Medium salt paper print from a calotype paper negative
- Dimensions sheet: 7 1/2 x 8 15/16 in. (19.1 x 22.7 cm) image: 6 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. (17.1 x 21 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by the estate of Murray and Keehn Berry, 2006.12
- Work Type photograph
- Classification Photographs
- Inscription Verso on bottom center, in pencil: PF22331 Right corner, in different hand: LA36 [and] Left corner: X2708 Object number added to verso at lower right corner to left of inscription. On window mat, verso, at bottom center, and same written on back mat at bottom center: Descon Int. 20612
- Provenance Leacock Abbey; Hans Kraus; Simon Lowinsky; Howard Greenberg; with Howard Greenberg Gallery; purchased 2006 by Birmingham Museum of Art