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John Muir Wood 
The Citadel of Namur, from a Bridge over the Sambre 
1847 
  
Calotype negative and uranium or cuprotype print 
12.2 x 15.1 cm 
  
National Galleries of Scotland 
Acc. No. PGP W 76 
  
 
LL/56767 
  
(Curatorial caption, accessed 23 November 2014)
This is the negative of a picture that John Muir Wood took in a place he did not find particularly appealing. It is one of his 'failed' negatives which wouldn't have translated into a very good black and white print. Wood's interest in different chemistry and metals, as well as the natural difficulty of the process led to such 'failures' which nevertheless retain the accidental beauty of his compositions. 
 

 
  
 
  
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