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The Pencil of Nature   By: (1800-1877)

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[1844 Title Page] The Pencil of Nature

H. Fox Talbot

Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, London 1844

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Introductory Remarks Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art PLATE I. PART OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, OXFORD. PLATE II. VIEW OF THE BOULEVARDS AT PARIS. PLATE III. ARTICLES OF CHINA. PLATE IV. ARTICLES OF GLASS. PLATE V. BUST OF PATROCLUS. PLATE VI. THE OPEN DOOR. PLATE VII. LEAF OF A PLANT. PLATE VIII. A SCENE IN A LIBRARY. PLATE IX. FAC SIMILE OF AN OLD PRINTED PAGE. PLATE X. THE HAYSTACK. PLATE XI. COPY OF A LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT. PLATE XII. THE BRIDGE OF ORLEANS. PLATE XIII. QUEEN'S COLLEGE, OXFORD. PLATE XIV. THE LADDER. PLATE XV. LACOCK ABBEY IN WILTSHIRE. PLATE XVI. CLOISTERS OF LACOCK ABBEY. PLATE XVII. BUST OF PATROCLUS. PLATE XVIII. GATE OF CHRISTCHURCH. PLATE XIX. THE TOWER OF LACOCK ABBEY PLATE XX. LACE PLATE XXI. THE MARTYRS' MONUMENT PLATE XXII. WESTMINSTER ABBEY PLATE XXIII. HAGAR IN THE DESERT. PLATE XXIV. A FRUIT PIECE.

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PLATE I. PART OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, OXFORD. PLATE II. VIEW OF THE BOULEVARDS AT PARIS. PLATE III. ARTICLES OF CHINA. PLATE IV. ARTICLES OF GLASS. PLATE V. BUST OF PATROCLUS. PLATE VI. THE OPEN DOOR. PLATE VII. LEAF OF A PLANT. PLATE VIII. A SCENE IN A LIBRARY. PLATE IX. FAC SIMILE OF AN OLD PRINTED PAGE. PLATE X. THE HAYSTACK. PLATE XI. COPY OF A LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT. PLATE XII. THE BRIDGE OF ORLEANS. PLATE XIII. QUEEN'S COLLEGE, OXFORD, Entrance Gateway PLATE XIV. THE LADDER. PLATE XV. LACOCK ABBEY IN WILTSHIRE. PLATE XVI. CLOISTERS OF LACOCK ABBEY. PLATE XVII. BUST OF PATROCLUS. PLATE XVIII. GATE OF CHRISTCHURCH. PLATE XIX. THE TOWER OF LACOCK ABBEY PLATE XX. LACE PLATE XXI. THE MARTYRS' MONUMENT PLATE XXII. WESTMINSTER ABBEY PLATE XXIII. HAGAR IN THE DESERT. PLATE XXIV. A FRUIT PIECE.

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

The little work now presented to the Public is the first attempt to publish a series of plates or pictures wholly executed by the new art of Photogenic Drawing, without any aid whatever from the artist's pencil.

The term "Photography" is now so well known, that an explanation of it is perhaps superfluous; yet, as some persons may still be unacquainted with the art, even by name, its discovery being still of very recent date, a few words may be looked for of general explanation.

It may suffice, then, to say, that the plates of this work have been obtained by the mere action of Light upon sensitive paper. They have been formed or depicted by optical and chemical means alone, and without the aid of any one acquainted with the art of drawing. It is needless, therefore, to say that they differ in all respects, and as widely us possible, in their origin, from plates of the ordinary kind, which owe their existence to the united skill of the Artist and the Engraver.

They are impressed by Nature's hand; and what they want as yet of delicacy and finish of execution arises chiefly from our want of sufficient knowledge of her laws. When we have learnt more, by experience, respecting the formation of such pictures, they will doubtless be brought much nearer to perfection; and though we may not be able to conjecture with any certainty what rank they may hereafter attain to as pictorial productions, they will surely find their own sphere of utility, both for completeness of detail and correctness of perspective.

The Author of the present work having been so fortunate as to discover, about ten years ago, the principles and practice of Photogenic Drawing, is desirous that the first specimen of an Art, likely in all probability to be much employed in future, should be published in the country where it was first discovered. And he makes no doubt that his countrymen will deem such an intention sufficiently laudable to induce them to excuse the imperfections necessarily incident to a first attempt to exhibit an Art of so great singularity, which employs processes entirely new, and having no analogy to any thing in use before... Continue reading book >>




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