The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 2409

Table set for tea, with an oil lamp and candles

Object details

Created: 29 Apr 1840

Image size: h 16.5cm x w 21.2cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Camera

Physical description: pinholes holes; creased; some fading

Inscription: in pencil, verso, in Talbot's hand, 29 April 1840

Victoria & Albert Museum, 2017
National Science and Media Museum, 2003 to 2017
Royal Photographic Society, number 025119
Royal Photographic Society, previous number 108

Owner: Victoria and Albert Museum

Object owner number: RPS.269:40.2017

Collection: Royal Photographic Society Collection

This object is part of Schaaf no. 2409

Table set for tea, with an oil lamp and candles

Keywords: Ceramics Silverware

A table is set with tablecloth, cups, ceramics and glassware as well as an oil lamp in the middle of the table and two candlesticks with candles.

The negative for this image may be experimental in that it has been pierced in strategic places that correspond to highlights on the highly reflective surfaces of the silverware and, to a lesser extent, on the ceramic items laid out on the table. Are the pin holes supposed to allow light to pass directly through the negative during printing? If a copy negative were to be made from the resulting print the new negative would have intense or brighter highlights.

Image from the collections of the British Library (usage terms: Public Domain)

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