Sketch by Talbot
Talbot was married in 1832 but pressure of
work caused him to delay his honeymoon until the following year, when he
visited Lake Como in Italy. Here, he used a camera lucida to aid
his sketching, but was not satisfied with the results. The sketch
above was made on 5 October 1833.
So Talbot determined to find a way to 'fix'
the image on paper. He experimented achieving success over the next
few years. He announced his discovery to the Royal Institution in
London in January 1839, prompted to do so by hearing that
Daguerre's announcement his
discovery of the Daguerreotype.
In fact, Daguerre's discovery, the
Daguerreotype, created a single image on metal, whereas Talbot's
discovery was a negative/positive process which allowed multiple images to
be created from a single negative.