Nicolaas Henneman (Dutch, active in England, 1813-1898)
Westminster Abbey, prior to May 1844
Salt print from a calotype negative
18.4 x 22.8 cm, corners trimmed, plus margins
Photography: The First Eighty Years, Valerie Lloyd, curator, P & D Colnaghi & Co. Ltd., London, 1976, item 24
Larry J. Schaaf, Sun Pictures Catalogue One, Early British Photographs on Paper (New York: Hans P. Kraus Jr. Inc., 1984) no. 7, n.p.
This image is the only one of the 24 plates that was originally photographed by Henneman for W.H.F.Talbot's The Pencil of Nature. In other cases, when some of Talbot's original negatives were damaged during printing for the book, Henneman was sent out to re-photograph the scenes as closely as possible.
Henneman, one of Talbot's earliest students, was also his trusted and able assistant, who managed the Reading Establishment. He had charge of printing plates for each of Talbot's publications as well as making prints from negatives sent by certain other photographers, such as Calvert Jones.
Printed from the same negative as Plate XXII in W.H.F. Talbot's sixth and final part of The Pencil of Nature.