The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 3862

Copy of a lithograph of a Persian newspaper

Object details

Image size: h 22.9cm x w 18.6cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Contact

Inscription: in pencil, looped X recto; in pencil, verso 20 [crossed out] 13; in very faint pencil, recto, amm.

Owner: Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Object owner number: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 1

Collection: William Henry Fox Talbot Archive Collection

This object is part of Schaaf no. 3862

Copy of lithograph of a Persian newspaper

This is a photographic copy of a lithograph of a page from a Persian newspaper.  The lithograph was made by Joseph Netherclift (1792-1863).

Talbot sourced his lithograph of the Persian newspaper page from a book by Charles Stewart (1764-1837).

Charles Stewart, "Original Persian Letters, and other documents, with fac-similes", London, 1825 (Newspaper No. 3, pl. 24, p.216).

The actual book from which Talbot removed plate 24 to make his photographic copy of the page is held by Bodleian Libraries.  Details can be seen here.

Bodleian Libraries own three copies of this book in total.  A digitised copy of one of those three, with plate 24 intact, can be viewed here.

See also, Larry J Schaaf, "Records of the Dawn of Photography: Talbot's Notebooks P & Q", Cambridge University Press, 1996 (Notebook P13, Feb [10] 1839).