Shelfmark: Talbot Photo 10
Photographer: William Henry Fox Talbot (1800 - 77)
The images were made by laying the botanical specimens on light-sensitive paper and exposing them to sunlight.
Before Sir John Herschel suggested the use of hypo as a reliable method of fixing prints, Talbot’s early photogenic drawings were ‘stabilised’ by a variety of imperfect methods (including common salt) and remain vulnerable to light.
Photogenic drawing negatives