William Henry Fox Talbot, ‘Lace’, before February 1845, Phillips

Signature: Numbered '20' in an unidentified hand in ink on the mount; annotated 'LA20' in an unidentified hand in ink on the reverse of the mount.

Talbot, The Pencil of Nature, pl. XX, variant
Gray, Ollman and McCusker, First Photographs: William Henry Fox Talbot and the Birth of Photography, p. 82, variant

Christie's, London, 3 May 1995, lot 34

About William Henry Fox Talbot

William Henry Fox Talbot was an accomplished scholar in mathematics and science, but is best remembered as a pioneer photographer and the inventor of photographic processes. During his honeymoon, Talbot became frustrated with the camera lucida and the camera obscura as tools for documentation, and decided to find a more accurate and automatic way of recording images found in nature. Talbot would become one of the first creators of photosensitive paper and printed photographs, the most famous of which were called calotypes. Because he experimented widely with processes with varying success, the calotype prints are among the few that were chemically stable and able to bear permanent images. Talbot’s primary rival was Louis Daguerre, who created a comparable photographic process known as the Daguerrotype.

British, 1800-1877, Dorset, United Kingdom, based in Lacock, United Kingdom