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William Henry Fox Talbot

  • Object:

    photograph

  • Date:

    c. 1844 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Claudet, Antoine-François-Jean, born 1797 - died 1867 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Daguerreotype in a wooden case

  • Credit Line:

    The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    RPS.374-2017

  • Gallery location:

    Photography Centre, Room 100, The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery, case CA2

Claudet was a student of Daguerre, and was among the first to open a photographic portrait studio in London. Though praised for their sharp and minute detail, daguerreotypes were criticised by many for making sitters appear ashen and deathly due to their grey tones. To combat this, some portraits were coloured by hand for a more life-like effect.

Physical description

Daguerreotype of a portrait of William Henry Fox Talbot, kept in a leather-coated wooden case. The daguerreotype is in a mount with an oval window. The cover of the case has an embossed label: 'Adelaide Gallery Strand / Claudet's Daguerreotype Process'.

Date

c. 1844 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Claudet, Antoine-François-Jean, born 1797 - died 1867 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Daguerreotype in a wooden case

Marks and inscriptions

ADELAIDE GALLERY STRAND
CLAUDET'S DAGUERREOTYPE PROCESS
Embossed label on front cover of case.

Dimensions

Height: 70 mm Image, Width: 58 mm Image, Height: 94 mm Case (closed), Width: 84 mm Case (closed), Depth: 18 mm Case (closed), Height: 94 mm Case open, Width: 180 mm Case open

Descriptive line

Photograph by Antoine Claudet, Portrait of William Henry Fox Talbot, daguerreotype, c. 1844.

Labels and date

Photography Centre, 2018-20:

Antoine Claudet (1797–1867)
Portraits: Andrew Pritchard; Mrs Andrew Pritchard; Michael Faraday; William Henry Fox Talbot; Young Man; Elderly Man; Young Man; Grandmother Houghton; Elderly Woman; George Houghton; Unknown Woman; John Flight; Young Woman, possibly from the Houghton Family
1840s–50s

Claudet was a student of Daguerre, and was among the first to open a photographic portrait studio in London. Though praised for their sharp and minute detail, daguerreotypes were criticised by many for making sitters appear ashen and deathly due to their grey tones. To combat this, some portraits were coloured by hand for a more life-like effect.

Daguerreotypes
Museum nos. 57, 1422-1939; RPS.373, 374, 377, 378, 387, 388, 389, 426, 492, 495 & 532-2017

The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund []

Materials

Copper; Wood

Techniques

Daguerreotype; Photography

Categories

Photographs; Portraits; The Royal Photographic Society; RPS Digitisation Project

Collection

Royal Photographic Society Collection

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