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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                                picture of an object, so as to have pretty 
distinct outlines, when I employed the full 
sunshine, was <u>half a second <\u>.
<u>Architecture, Landscape, & external Nature <\u>
But perhaps the most curious application of this Art 
is that the one I am now about to relate. At least,
it is that which has appeared the most surprising 
to those who have examined my collection of 
pictures formed by Solar light.
Everyone is acquainted with the beautiful 
effects which are produced by a Camera Obscura 
& has admired the vivid picture of external 
nature which it displays - It had often occurred 
to me, that if it were possible to retain upon the paper 
the lovely scene which thus illuminates it for a 
moment; or if we could but fix the outlines of it,
the lights & shadows: divested of all <u>colour <\u>;
such a result could not fail to be most interesting.
And however much I might be disposed at first 
to treat this notion as a scientific dream, yet 
when I had succeeded in fixing the images of the 
Solar Microscope by means of a peculiarly sensitive 
paper, there appeared no longer any doubt that 
an analogous process would succeed in copying 
the 
                            
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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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