Historic prints from the beginning of photography to go on auction
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Historic prints from the beginning of photography to go on auction

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). The Fruit Sellers, Lacock Abbey, ca.1845 Calotype print 17 x 21cm (6 3/4 x 8 1/4in)

William Henry Fox Talbot prints from as early as 1844 are part of a collection of over 200 historic photographs that are due to go to auction in London next month. All of the pictures in the sale come from a single private collection which includes a many well-known and important works, and many of the prints were made at the time the original pictures were taken.

Three Fox Talbot calotype prints will go under the hammer, the oldest of which is 'Articles of Glassware, 1844' – made only nine years after Talbot’s famous first negative 'Latticed Window'. William Henry Fox Talbot is widely considered to have been the inventor of the modern photographic process, and the first to create negatives. He made public his invention of the calotype in 1841, so the print in the auction is a very early example. Articles of Glassware is expected to fetch up to £7000, but a more interesting example, 'The Fruit Sellers', a 6 3/4x 8 1/4in calotype made in 1845, is estimated to reach between £10,000-15,000 (about $15,500-23,200 US).

The auction also includes work by Julia Margret Cameron, a female pioneer of portrait photography, with a print of Virginia Woolf’s mother, Julia Jackson – who was Cameron’s niece - expected to reach up to £15,000 as well. There are original prints from Charles Nègre (1820-1880), Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884), Achille Quinet (1831-1900), Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), Felix Nadar (1820-1910) and Bisson Frères (1814-1876) among other early photographic practitioners. 

The prints from 19th and 20th Century Photographs from a Private Collection will be on public view from 1st-5th March at the Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auction house in London’s Mayfair, and the sale will take place on Thursday 5th March. To see the complete collection visit the sale’s page on the auctioneer’s website, or download the catalog as a PDF.