Some account of Photogenic Drawing or, the process of which Natural Objects may be made to delineate themselves, without the aid of the Artist's Pencil by Henry Fox Talbot Esq. FRS

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                                any fact which physical investigation 
has yet brought to our Knowledge.
The most transitory of things - a shadow -
the proverbial emblem of all that is 
fleeting & momentary - may be fettered 
by the spells of our “<u>Natural Magic <\u>”,
& may be fixed for ever in the position 
which it seemed only destined for a single 
instant to occupy.
This remarkable phenomenon, of whatever value it may turn out in its application to 
the arts, will at least be accepted as a 
new proof of the value of the inductive methods 
of modern science, which by noticing the 
occurrence of unusual circumstances (which 
accident perhaps first manifests in some 
small degree) & by following them up with 
experiments, & varying the conditions of 
these, until the true law of nature 
which they express is apprehended;
conducts us at length to consequences 
altogether unexpected, remote from usual 
experience 
                            
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Author
Henry Fox Talbot
Reference
AP/23/19
Series
AP
Date
1839
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Some account of Photogenic Drawing or, the process of which Natural Objects may be made to delineate themselves, without the aid of the Artist's Pencil by Henry Fox Talbot Esq. FRS, 1839. From The Royal Society, AP/23/19

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