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Henry Fox Talbot 
Bust of Patroclus 
1843, 9 August 
Salted paper print, from paper negative 
14.9 x 14.5 cm (5 7/8 x 5 11/16 in.) 
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Gift of Hans P. Kraus Jr., 1988, Accession Number: 1988.1159 
Curatorial description (accessed: 13 October 2016)
This photograph, showing Talbot's plaster cast of a Hellenistic marble now in the British Museum, appeared as plate 17 in The Pencil of Nature. The photographic reproduction of works of art-manuscripts, prints, paintings, sculpture-would forever change both the practice of art and the study of art history. Drawing after the antique had long been a staple of artistic study, but "already," wrote Talbot in the text accompanying this image, "sundry amateurs have laid down the pencil and armed themselves with chemical solutions and with camerę obscurę." 

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