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early 1840s (photographed)
Place of origin

Salted paper print of lace; strong brown colour.

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Object details

Object type
TitleLace (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Salted paper print from a calotype negative. Not available for issue to the public in the Prints and Drawings Study Room due to light sensitivity. Please contact the Photography Department via our enquiry service for further information.
Brief description
Photograph by William Henry Fox Talbot, 'Lace', salted paper print, early 1840s
Physical description
Salted paper print of lace; strong brown colour.
  • Image height: 232mm
  • Image width: 188mm
Marks and inscriptions
a or x (Recto, in pencil)
Gallery label
Cameraless Photography William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) Black Lace early 1840s Salt print from a photogenic drawing negative 23.2 x 18.8 cm Museum no. RPS.110-2017 (RPS No. 025189 / Schaaf 2818) Although this appears to be black lace, in fact either black or white lace would block the daylight from the sensitive negative paper, yielding very similar results. Talbot exhibited the original negative for this in 1852 at the Royal Society of Arts. It still retains its vigour even though it was used to make numerous prints. The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund
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.
Object history
From Miss Talbot, 1939.
From a negative at the Fox Talbot Museum, LA2050; same as photographs in the RPS collection, RPS025190 (RPS.111-2017); at the Auckland Institute; at the National Science and Media Museum, 1937-1368; at MOMA, New York, 232.89; at the Harry Ransom Center, 964:054:15; at the National Gallery of Canada, P75:008:19; at George Eastman Museum, 81:2836:01; at the Chicago Insitute, 1967.152; at the Smithsonian, 1932 & 67.172.13.
Associated object
PROV.1596-2017 (RPS Group record)
Bibliographic reference
Schaaf, Larry John. The Photographic Art of William Henry Fox Talbot. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2000. ISBN 0691050007.
Other numbers
  • RPS025189 - Royal Photographic Society number
  • old RPS 123 - Royal Photographic Society number
  • XRP591 - RPS collection - V&A identifier
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Record createdMarch 27, 2017
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