Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Street with Lamp Post and Wine Shop]

Artist:
Unknown (British)
Date:
1850s
Medium:
Albumen silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 6 7/8 × 7 13/16 in. (17.5 × 19.8 cm)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Joyce F. Menschel, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.1098.3
Not on view
In 1841 William Henry Fox Talbot patented the first negative-positive photographic process, which formed the basis of photography until the digital age. The photographer placed a piece of paper coated in a solution of light-sensitive silver salts in the camera, exposed it to sunlight, and developed the latent image to produce a negative that could then be printed as multiple positives. Any imperfections in the negative were reproduced in the print. Here the negative’s missing corner was eliminated by cropping. A modern gas lamppost anchors this image of a typical street corner in a British village.
Inscription: [no inscriptions or annotations]
[...]; (Christie's South Kensington, October 30, 1986, lot 74); Joyce F. Menschel, New York

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