Early camera used by William Henry Fox Talbot, c 1838


Camera with hole and cork for focussing, and rack for raising, c 1836-1840. Camera used by William Henry Fox Talbot. During 1838 and 1840 Talbot purchased a number of cameras to make photogenic drawings from the London instrument maker, Andrew Ross. This camera may derive from this source. Equipped with simple lens there is also an inspection hole in the lens panel above the lens that was use to check that the image was centrally located on the sensitive paper and correctly focused.

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Photographic Technology
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brass (copper, zinc alloy), cork, glass, metal and wood
plate camera
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
Matilda Talbot

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