Tour of William Henry Fox Talbot and the Birth of Photography: Salted Paper Prints from the Harrison D. Horblit Collection


Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 5:30pm


Houghton Library, Keats Room

Presented by: Houghton Library
Admission: Exhibitions at Houghton Library are free and open to the public – no Harvard ID is necessary to view the exhibitions. 
Exhbition Runs:  September 5-December 16, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 12:30-1:00 pm, and Wednesday, October 11, 5:30-6:00 pm: View the exhibition with Hope Mayo, Philip Hofer Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts. Also by appointment. For further details, email
Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM-7 PM

Join exhibition curator Hope Mayo, Philip Hofer Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts, for a lunchtime tour of ‘William Henry Fox Talbot and the Birth of Photography.’

This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see a dozen original photographs from the earliest days of photography on paper, as invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in late-1830s England and practiced by him and a circle of friends in the 1840s and 1850s. On display will be photographs by Talbot himself, including his landmark publication, ‘The Pencil of Nature’, and photographs by some of his earliest followers, Calvert R. Jones, John Dillwyn Llewelyn, and Nevil Story Maskelyne. Also included are early photographs of manuscripts and printed books in the collection of the famous British bibliophile Sir Thomas Phillipps. Prone to fading already in their day due to the experimental techniques used to create them, these light sensitive prints are on view for five weeks only.

Salted Paper Prints
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the two-day symposium Salted Paper Prints: Process and Purpose: A Collaborative Workshop in Photograph Conservation (September 14 – 15, 2017). For further details and registration see the symposium website.