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Exhibition Label 2005

PHOTOGENIC DRAWING by W. H. Fox Talbot, March 1839 - contact print of a spray of heather Erica mutabilis, an experiment on unusually thick paper; it is typical of the colour and density resulting from Talbot's early preference for fixing with common salt solution, in marked contrast to Herschel's clean and clear images using hypo

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