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Lynmouth, North Devon

Photograph
1852-1854 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Benjamin Turner was one of the first, and remains one of the greatest, British amateur photographers. He began practising photography in 1849 according to the technique patented in 1841 by the British inventor W. H. Fox Talbot (1800-1877). Turner's photographs were 'contact' printed from paper negatives (known as calotypes) of the same size as the print. He printed them on albumen paper, which is paper that has been floated on an emulsion of egg white containing light-sensitive silver salts. Between 1852 and 1854 Turner compiled 60 of his own photographs, including this one, in what is believed to be a unique album, 'Photographic Views from Nature'. It might have been a sample book, a convenient method for presenting photographs for personal pleasure, and for showing to colleagues or potential exhibitors. It remained in the Turner family until it was bought by the Museum.

Lynmouth, a small fishing village on the north Devon coast, had been 'discovered' and popularised as a destination for those seeking picturesque scenery by three early 19th century poets in particular - William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Percy Bysshe Shelley.
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object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print from calotype negative
Brief Description
19thC; Turner B B, Lynmouth, North Devon
Physical Description
Photograph
Dimensions
  • Image height: 26.7cm
  • Image width: 38.7cm
  • Framed height: 58cm
  • Framed width: 68cm
  • Framed depth: 2.5cm
  • Paper height: 42.5cm
  • Paper width: 55.5cm
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
Benjamin Turner was one of the first, and remains one of the greatest, British amateur photographers. He began practising photography in 1849 according to the technique patented in 1841 by the British inventor W. H. Fox Talbot (1800-1877). Turner's photographs were 'contact' printed from paper negatives (known as calotypes) of the same size as the print. He printed them on albumen paper, which is paper that has been floated on an emulsion of egg white containing light-sensitive silver salts. Between 1852 and 1854 Turner compiled 60 of his own photographs, including this one, in what is believed to be a unique album, 'Photographic Views from Nature'. It might have been a sample book, a convenient method for presenting photographs for personal pleasure, and for showing to colleagues or potential exhibitors. It remained in the Turner family until it was bought by the Museum.



Lynmouth, a small fishing village on the north Devon coast, had been 'discovered' and popularised as a destination for those seeking picturesque scenery by three early 19th century poets in particular - William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Bibliographic Reference
Roger Taylor, Impressed by Light: British photographs from paper negatives, 1840-1860 New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; Washington : National Gallery of Art ; New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, c2007. 9781588392251 (Metropolitan Museum of Art (hc)) 1588392252 (Metropolitan Museum of Art (hc)) 9780300124057 (Yale University Press (hc)) 0300124058 (Yale University Press (hc)).
Collection
Accession Number
PH.3-1982

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record createdFebruary 25, 2003
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