Talbot's Printing Establishment
Talbot's printing establishment was set up in
Reading, about 40 miles west of London, in 1844, to enable him to make
large quantities of salt prints. These were required for his book,
The Pencil of Nature, which was the first book to be illustrated
with photographs, these being tipped into copies of the book by hand.
The book was illustrated with 24 salt prints
to the potential of photography. About 200 copies of this book were
produced, with the salt prints tipped in to each by hand.
The picture above is made up of two salt
prints placed side by side to form a panoramic image. (I have
reproduced the two pictures side by side and made no attempt to blend the
join between them.)
This panoramic view includes:
- CENTRE: Talbot is
operating the large camera.
- RIGHT: Nicolaas
Henneman (1813-1898), Talbot's former valet,
is photographing a sculpture of The Three Graces.
- LEFT: An engraving
is being photographed on the left of the picture.
- CENTRE-RIGHT: The
printing frames hold negatives and paper that is being 'printed out' by
- FAR RIGHT: The
instrument is a focimeter, a device to assist in focusing.