The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 296

Portrait of a man

Object details

Image size: h 7.4cm x w 7.5cm

Paper size: h 7.5cm x w 7.6cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Camera

Physical description: circular image

Matilda Talbot 1934

Owner: National Science and Media Museum

Object owner number: 1937-3770

Collection: Science Museum Collection

This object is part of Schaaf no. 296

Portrait of a man

Keywords: Circular

Although hidden from the camera's viewpoint, it appears the photographer called upon a headrest, or posing stand to help the sitter keep still during the photographic exposure. The presence of the headrest is revealed in the shadow cast behind the sitter.  The sun must have been high in the sky when the portrait was taken as the shadow is low in comparison to the sitter.

This portrait was taken during the same sitting as Schaaf numbers 291, 292, 296 and 1297. The same sitter is also photographed in Schaaf number 1264, but wearing a different outfit.