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
the objects of external nature - although indeed they are much less illuminated. Not having with me in the country a <u>camera obscura <\u> of any considerable size, I constructed one out of a large box, the image being thrown upon one end of it by a good object glass fixed in the opposite end - This apparatus being armed with a sensitive paper was taken out in a summer afternoon & placed about 100 yards from a building favourably illuminated by the sun. An hour or two afterwards I opened the box, & I found depicted upon the paper a very distinct representation of the building, with the exception of those parts of it which lay in the shade. A little experience in this branch of the art showed me, that with smaller <u>camerae obscurae <\u> the effect would be produced in a smaller time. Accordingly I had several small boxes made, in which I fixed lenses of shorter focus, & with these I obtained very perfect but extremely small pictures: such as without great stretch of imagination might be supposed to be the work of some Lilliputian artist. They require indeed examination with a lens, to discern all their minutiae.
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