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The Open Door

April 1844 (photographed)
Place Of Origin

Salted paper print, reddish brown colour.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
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, 'The Open Door' (wide shadow version), salted paper print, 1844
Physical Description
Salted paper print, reddish brown colour.
  • Image height: 142mm
  • Image width: 193mm
Content description
Wide shadow version of 'The Open Door' composition.
Marks and Inscriptions
6 (Recto of mount, in pencil)
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.
From a negative at the National Science and Media Museum, 1937-1247; same as photographs in the RPS collection, RPS025001, 025342; at the Harry Ransom Center, 964:054:019; at the National Science and Media Museum, 1937-1249, 1937-2530/10; at the Getty, 84.XO.0968.167, 84.XO.1369.006, 84.XZ.0571.006; at the Smithsonian, 67.172.48.
Associated Object
PROV.1597-2017 (RPS Group record)
Bibliographic References
  • The Pencil of Nature, by William Henry Fox Talbot (London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1844): 06.
  • Schaaf, Larry John. The Photographic Art of William Henry Fox Talbot. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2000. ISBN 0691050007.
Other Numbers
  • RPS025223 - Royal Photographic Society number
  • XRP592 - RPS collection - V&A identifier
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record createdMarch 28, 2017
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