"Veil": Engine Ruled Lines, Crossed at Right Angles

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"Veil": Engine Ruled Lines, Crossed at Right Angles


William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800 - 1877)




possibly July 29, 1859


Photographic engraving


15.6 x 13.8 cm (6 1/8 x 5 7/16 in.)

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In late 1847 Talbot wrote about his idea for "transferring photography to steel engravings" in order to achieve a reliable method for illustrating books with photographs. He recognized the need for a more permanent image after a disastrous experience resulted in his prints becoming faded and discolored. By 1852 Talbot had experimented with his photomechanical process, which ensured more permanency through printers' ink. The rarity of this print despite being an engraving that theoretically could be widely reproduced, was a compelling factor in acquiring the work for the Museum.

Ten Years In Focus: The Artist and the Camera (March 18 to August 10, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 18 to August 10, 2008