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A Beach in England

I could not resist sharing this albumen print taken in about 1880s.

I admired its content and composition which I think is outstanding.

I would appreciate any clarification about the location. Could it be Ramsgate?




Posted on October 19, 2013 at 8:30 — 3 Comments

Chess Players

I thought I would share an image (carbon print on porcelain plaque) of these lady chess players in my collection. The plaque measures 13x17 cm approximately. The composition reminded me of similar images by Lewis Carroll.

Any information about authorship would be welcomed.



Posted on November 12, 2012 at 19:00

Calotype of bridge

Seeing a new copy of a Calotype for identification in the recent blogs made me think of a calotype in my collection. It measures approximately 18x11 cm. I enclose images of the Calotype and watermark which reads Turner photo paper. I would appreciate any comments about the location of the bridge and the photographer.  Regards,   Meir…


Posted on May 29, 2012 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Covent Garden Flower women

In his television series "Britain's First Photo Album", broadcast on the 12th March on BBC2, John Sergeant repeatedly refers to the John Thomson photo of "Covent Garden Flower Women" as having been taken by Francis Frith.

He also shows another Thomson photo "Covent Garden Labourers" in the same Frith context.

Can this be an oversight or is it a new…


Posted on March 25, 2012 at 10:27 — 2 Comments

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At 17:45 on November 11, 2009, Larry J Schaaf said…
I don't recall if you have seen my 1989 facsimile of The Pencil of Nature but this is figure 37 in the Introductory Volume. You might be amused that Harrison Horblitt marked his copy as being extracted from an Art Union (it is now at Harvard). My Catalogue Raisonne number for this image is Schaaf 1445. I'm not really used to communicating like this through a 'social network' (is that what it is?) - please feel free to contact me directly at - or we can continue through here - if you have many Talbots, perhaps you could send me scans and whatever details you have on them - I'll integrate the information into the Catalogue Raisonne (your identity can be kept private, if you wish) and pass along any information that I already have on the images. Larry
At 13:53 on November 11, 2009, Larry J Schaaf said…
Hello, good to hear from you again after lo these many years. Lacking the dimensions, paper type and a larger image, I can only guess so much. While Jones did a number of views of the Temple of Vesta this is not one that I know. I would not have thought of Jones stylistically looking at this, especially the low camera angle and lack of integration of the background. Rev. Bridges? But of course there were a lot of photographers active in Rome in the 1840s and it could be just about anybody. Are there any markings? Provenance? Larry

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