Season of Photography: The Pencil of Nature

When we posted about the Season of Photography in Scotland, we didn’t mention William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) in our list of collections but the Library is fortunate to hold an original copy of his pioneering work ‘The Pencil of Nature’ (1844).

Pencil of Nature (Photo A18)

Pencil of Nature (Photo A18)

Sold as a serial it was the first photographically illustrated work to be commercially published. It was the result of over 10 years research and experimentation following Talbot’s original conception of the art of photography in 1833. You can read more about it in an article in our Book of the Month archive and on the website of the William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue RaisonnĂ© project in Oxford.

As we come to the end of the Season of Photography 2017, here are some images from the work which don’t appear in our Book of the Month feature.

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A future blog post will highlight additional images which were not part of the original publication but have been bound into the volume held here.


Categories: Archives and Special Collections


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