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Royal William Victualling Yard, Plymouth, from Mount Edgecumbe

Fox Talbot Collection

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Collection Fox Talbot Collection, Historic Photographs
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID P44CAL
Description A salted paper print. A view across the water from the corner of the Garden Battery at Mount Edgecumbe towards the Clarence Building of the Royal William Victualling Yard, Plymouth dockyard. The photograph is framed by a tree in leaf on the left and two mounted cannon in the foreground. Reverse has been annotated in pencil by Admiral Ballard in 1934: 'Royal William Victualling Yard from Mount Edgecumbe side 1845'. A letter from Talbot's half-sister Caroline Augusta Edgecumbe, married to the 3rd Earl Mount Edgecumbe, dated 7 September, expressed her delight at him visiting and confirmed that Calvert Jones and Nicolaas Henneman were welcome too. [BL, LA45-124 ]. A letter from Constance Talbot, his wife, dated 12 October 1845 states 'I do long to see the Mount Edgecumbe views – particularly the battery scene', which may relate to P15CAL as well as the image in P14CAL. [BL, LA45-136]. This original print has been made from the calotype negative P15CAL. A similar composition was used by Talbot and Henneman but placed people in the image (see P14CAL).
Date made circa 20-30 September 1845

Artist/Maker Talbot, William Henry Fox
Henneman, Nicolaas
Place made Mount Edgecumbe
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Fox Talbot Collection
Materials paper
Measurements Overall: 187 mm x 226 mm
  • Royal William Victualling Yard, Plymouth, from Mount Edgecumbe (P44CAL)
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