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    William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800-1877)
    A Fruit Piece, 1845
    Salt print from calotype negative, printed 1846
    6-1/2 x 7-7/8 inches (16.5 x 20.0 cm) (image)
    7-1/3 x 8-7/8 inches (sheet)

    This image represents plate XXIV of The Pencil of Nature, although this particular print was printed separately in 1846.
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, "The Pencil of Nature,", January-April, 1989.

    Braive, L'age de la photographie, Bruxelles Editions, 1965, p. 14;
    L. Goldschmidt and L. Naef, The Truthful Lens: A Survey of the Photographically Illustrated Book 1844-1914, Grolier Club, 1980, pl. 62;
    R. Lassam, Fox Talbot, Photographer, Kent State University Press, 1981;
    R. Gruber and L. F. Gruber, The Imaginary Photo Museum: 457 Photographs from 1836 to the Present, Penguin, 1982, pl. 202;
    D. Mrazkova, What is Photography: 150 Years of Photography, Praha, 1989, p. 35.
    The Talbot Catalogue Raisonné, Schaaf no. 16.

    Condition Report*: Overall very good condition. A small dot of minor abrasion in center of left margin, not affecting the image. An approximately 1/8-inch vertical tear at left side of upper margin, not affecting the image. A faint soft crease in lower left quadrant, visible under raking light. Fingerprints visible in upper right quadrant and at center of right edge, likely caused by the artist during processing. A very few small dots of darkening with white borders, likely caused by water quality at the time of processing, darkening over time. Sheet is adhered via linen tape in the corners on verso to paper card mount measuring 8 by 10 inches. Paper mount is cornered to board. Window mat measures 16 by 18 inches. Not framed.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    September, 2021
    28th Tuesday
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