The first rate three-decker HMS Hibernia (1804) at Malta.

A rough-cut waxed paper calotype negative. A poor quality yellowed, spotted, and blurred image of the port broadside view of the 120-gun three-decker HMS Hibernia (1804), at Malta, as flagship of the Mediterranean fleet. Four small boats are in the middle distance. The Pinot Wharf buildings below Valetta are in the background off the Hibernia's bow.

The negative has an ink caption 'HMS Hibernia, Malta' at the bottom right corner.

This photograph has been attributed to Calvert Jones, but the quality of the negative is not to his standard. At the time he was in Malta, he was training the Reverend George Wilson Bridges to use the calotype process, with mixed results - as he states in a letter to Talbot dated 16 October 1846 [BL, LA46-109]. He was also sending negatives back to England for Henneman or Talbot to develop. George Bridges's son William Wilson Somerset Bridges (b.1831) was on HMS Hibernia as a Boy, aged about 15. Bridges was in Malta sometime from March to mid August 1846 and again from mid October 1846 to around June 1847 judging by his letters to WHF Talbot (see BL, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection).

Object Details

Type: Calotype negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Jones, Calvert Richard; Bridges, George Wilson
Date made: Mid 1845-April 1849; Circa March 1846 - circa August 1846 or October 1846 - circa June 1847 Circa March 1846 - circa August 1846
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Fox Talbot Collection
Measurements: Overall: 200 mm x 143 mm

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