William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography

William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography
November 18, 2017–February 11, 2018
Gallery One, Carnegie Museum of Art

Featuring more than 30 works by William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800–1877) and his circle from its own collection and from important public and private lenders, CMOA presents the largest US exhibition of Talbot’s photography in the last 15 years. A true “gentleman scientist” of the Victorian period, Talbot combined his knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and optics, with his interest in art, botany, classics, and foreign languages to invent the paper-based photography that dominated the field for most of the 19th and 20th centuries. Due to the fragile nature of the photographs, exhibitions of Talbot’s work are rare. This represents the first time ever that any will be on view in Pittsburgh.

William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800–1877) "Lace," early 1840s, salted paper print from a photogenic drawing negative, 8 15/16 x 7 3/8 in. (22.7 x 18.7 cm) image; 9 x 7 7/16 in. (22.9 x 18.8 cm) sheet Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Purchased with funds provided by The William Talbott Hillman Foundation. 2017.2.1

William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800–1877) “Lace,” early 1840s, salted paper print from a photogenic drawing negative, 8 15/16 x 7 3/8 in. (22.7 x 18.7 cm) image; 9 x 7 7/16 in. (22.9 x 18.8 cm) sheet, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Purchased with funds provided by The William Talbott Hillman Foundation. 2017.2.1

William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800–1877), "Bust of Patroclus," August 9, 1842, salt print from a calotype negative, 5 1/8 × 5 in. (13.8 × 12.9 cm) image; 9 × 7 1/2 in. (23.1 × 19.1 cm) sheet, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of William T. Hillman, 2017.30.3

William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800–1877), “Bust of Patroclus,” August 9, 1842, salt print from a calotype negative, 5 1/8 × 5 in. (13.8 × 12.9 cm) image; 9 × 7 1/2 in. (23.1 × 19.1 cm) sheet, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of William T. Hillman, 2017.30.3

William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800–1877), "A Barouche Parked in the North Courtyard of Lacock Abbey," April 1844, Salted paper print from a calotype negative, 5 7/8 × 7 in. (15.2 × 17.9 cm) image; 6 × 7 1/8 in. (15.5 × 18.2 cm) sheet, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of William T. Hillman, 2017.30.2

William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800–1877), “A Barouche Parked in the North Courtyard of Lacock Abbey,” April 1844, Salted paper print from a calotype negative, 5 7/8 × 7 in. (15.2 × 17.9 cm) image; 6 × 7 1/8 in. (15.5 × 18.2 cm) sheet, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of William T. Hillman, 2017.30.2

Marble bust of a woman, facing sideways from viewer. Her hair is swept up in a bun

William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800–1877), “Portrait of Venus,” early 1840s, salt print from a calotype negative, 3 7/8 × 3 in. (9.9 × 7.5 cm), Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of William T. Hillman, 2017.30.1