The Art of Discovery
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.
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