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"Singular Images, Failed Copies"William Henry Fox Talbot and the Early Photograph$
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Vered Maimon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694716

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694716.001.0001

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The Art of Discovery

(p.39) 2 Imagination
"Singular Images, Failed Copies"

Vered Maimon

University of Minnesota Press

The second chapter focuses on Talbot’s second major discovery account, his 1844 “A Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art,” which appeared in his book The Pencil of Nature. In this account Talbot attributes his discovery to an unaccountable imaginative thought. The chapter traces the philosophical and aesthetic formulation of the faculty of the imagination in Kant and Coleridge. Finally, it links this analysis of the imagination to the category of the picturesque and to Talbot’s landscape images.

Keywords:   William Henry Fox Talbot, A Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art, The Pencil of Nature, Philosophy, Immanuel Kant, William Coleridge, Landscape, Picturesque

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