Royal William Victualling Yard, Plymouth, from Mount Edgecumbe

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).

Object Details

Type: Salted paper print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Talbot, William Henry Fox; Henneman, Nicolaas
Date made: September 1845; circa 20 - 30 September 1845
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Fox Talbot Collection
Measurements: Overall: 187 mm x 226 mm

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