View down Merchants Creek, Senglea, Malta.

A wax paper negative calotype. A distant view, looking roughly south-east, of merchant shipping stern-to on either side of Merchant Creek (now French Creek). One ship has been careened to port on the left of the image. The edge of the harbour side fortification at Paola is on the right of the image. In the centre background is the Church of Our Lady of Victories (now Senglea Basilica) in Senglea.

Calvert Jones arrived in Malta in late November 1845, writing to Talbot on 24 November about the journey through France. In a letter dated 13 February 1846 from Calvert Jones to William HF Talbot, he lists this negative: '23. View down Merchants Creek, Senglea.' According to 'A Handbook for Travellers in the Ionian Islands, Greece, Turkey, Asia Minor, and Constantinople (John Murray, 1840), Merchants Creek was where private shipbuilders built and repaired merchant vessels (page xxiv).

Object Details

Type: Calotype negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Jones, Calvert Richard
Date made: December 1845 - January 1846
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Fox Talbot Collection
Measurements: Overall: 145 mm x 200 mm

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