The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 5364

Mentmore Towers under construction

Object details

Image size: h 15.6cm x w 19.3cm

Object Type: Salted Paper Print

Janos Scholz
Marcuse Pfeifer

Owner: The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame

Object owner number: 85.74.07

Supporting images

This object is part of Schaaf no. 5364

Mentmore Towers under construction

Keywords: Architecture Scaffolding

Mentmore Towers in Buckinghamshire was built to the designs of Sir Joseph Paxton and his son in law George Henry Stokes for Baron de Rothschild. The presence of scaffolding shows that the house was still under construction when it was photographed. So, the photograph must have been taken some time between 1852 and 1854, when the house was built.

The architectural inspiration for the building's design was the 16th century, Wollaton Hall in Nottingham.