The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 1


Object details

Created: Between 1 Jan 1839 and 30 Jun 1839

Paper size: h 17.7cm x w 10.4cm

Object Type: Salted Paper Print

Mount: thin card

Physical description: very pale

Watermark: Whatman 1827

Gift of Alexander Novak
Charles Babbage

Owner: J. Paul Getty Museum

Object owner number: 2004.188

Supporting images

This object is part of Schaaf no. 1


This is a photographic print from a cliché verre. Talbot has used the cliché verre as he would one of his paper negatives.

In the days of photography, cliché verre was a process that was usually associated with artists rather than photographers. A sheet of glass would be coated with a substance which the artist could scratch an image into. It is, essentially, a simple form of etching directly onto glass. Talbot realised early on that he could use a finished cliché verre to produce a photographic copy by placing the glass directly onto a sheet of sensitised paper before exposing it to light, just as he did with botanical specimens, leaves and fragments of lace.