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Articles of China

A work made of salted paper print.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of salted paper print.

Date:

1843/44

Artist:

William Henry Fox Talbot
English, 1800-1877

About this artwork

One of the inventors of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot also produced the first commercially published book to feature photographic illustrations. The Pencil of Nature, issued in six volumes between 1844 and 1846, included Articles of China as plate three of the first volume. Talbot used this image to extol the practical virtues of the new art, claiming that “the whole cabinet of a Virtuoso and collector of old China might be depicted on paper in little more time than it would take him to make a written inventory describing it in the usual way.” Moreover, he argued presciently, if a thief should take the treasures, such an image could provide a new kind of evidentiary record in court.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

William Henry Fox Talbot

Title

Articles of China

Origin

England

Date

Made 1843–1844

Medium

Salted paper print

Dimensions

13.7 × 18.2 cm (image); 18.7 × 22.4 cm (paper)

Credit Line

The Mary and Leigh Block Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2015.74

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