The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 1346

Miss Mary Mitford's dog

Object details

Created: 20 Apr 1847

Image size: h 8.0cm x w 10.5cm

Object Type: Salted Paper Print

Matilda Talbot 1934

Owner: National Science and Media Museum

Object owner number: 1937-3884/2

Collection: Science Museum Collection

This object is part of Schaaf no. 1346

Miss Mary Mitford's dog

The poet and author, Mary Russell Mitford (1786 - 1855) is mentioned in a letter from Henneman to Talbot (Reading, 20 April 1847). In the Letter Henneman tells how Miss Mitford sat for her photographic portrait and pleaded that he also take a photograph of her dog. Henneman wasn't convinced the endeavour would be worthwhile as the dog was of a uniform brown colour and was unlikely to remain still during the long exposure. In the end Henneman was proven wrong as the dog did stay still thoughout the 4 minute exposure and the photograph was taken.

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