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Exhibition Label 2005

PHOTOGENIC DRAWING by W. H. Fox Talbot, February or March 1839 - contact print of a fern leaf (part), sent by Talbot to Herschel to illustrate his process, probably about the time that they were discussing Herschel's fixing experiments with hypo; Talbot has cut an image into several pieces in order to make experimental variations on each and then compare the results

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