Lace

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

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  • A work made of salted paper print.

Date:

1844/45

Artist:

William Henry Fox Talbot
English, 1800–1877

About this artwork

William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the inventors of photography, was a polymath who felt as comfortable writing Greek verse as he did experimenting with botany and chemistry. His negative/positive process—and the reproductive possibilities it engendered—came to dominate photography until the digital age. Talbot held artistic aspirations, but he was also interested in the myriad scientific and commercial applications for photography. He hoped that his photographs of lace, for example, might make it easier to copy intricate patterns and thus facilitate manufacturing. The negative for this print was likely made by laying a fragment of lace upon a piece of photosensitized paper and exposing it to the sun, without the aid of a camera.

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Photography

Artist

William Henry Fox Talbot

Title

Lace

Origin

England

Date

1844–1845

Medium

Salted paper print

Inscriptions

No markings recto or verso

Dimensions

18.6 × 22.8 cm (image); 18.6 × 22.5 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Kovler

Reference Number

1967.152

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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