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Broad Quay, Bristol, 1843-1844

MS. 21088 photogr. 1/57
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An image of Broad Quay, Bristol, dated between 1843-1844 and the photograph originally taken by either Henry Fox Talbot or Calvert Jones.

"Bristol" is written in ink on the verso and also in the upper left corner of the recto. There is an 'L' marking in ink on the upper left corner of the verso.


  • Creation: 1843-1844


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Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 21088 photogr. 1/57

Biographical / Historical

This view of Bristol can be roughly dated from between 1841 to 1849 by the presence of the Cork Tavern which was owned by John Kinrade between those dates. Both Talbot and Calvert Richard Jones are known to have visited Bristol around 1844 which fits within that date range. Part of the row of buildings the Cork Tavern belongs to were demolished in 1850, which also supports the above suggested date range.

A later photograph of the same row of buildings from a slightly different vantage point was probably taken by Calvert Jones and Talbot during a joint trip they made to Bristol some time after the 1850 demolition, can be seen here. The same two properties to the left of the above photograph (with the 'Wiliams' signage) can be seen to the right of the Calvert Jones / Talbot collaboration (with the Dunlop Mackie & Co. signage).

Calvert Richard Jones (1804-1877) was a marine painter, traveller, and photographer. As a student of mathematics at the University of Oxford he befriended fellow student Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot, cousin of Henry Fox Talbot. Jones initially practiced photography using the daguerrotype method, but later collaborated with Fox Talbot and adopted his calotype process. For more details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Other Finding Aids

See also the Talbot Catalogue Raisonné, a detailed inventory of Talbot photographs located around the world. The Catalogue Raisonné is organised by Schaaf number. The Schaaf number for this item is Schaaf 2863. This photograph forms a panorama with Schaaf no. 3409.

Existence and Location of Copies

A digital surrogate for this item is available in Digital Bodleian.

Physical Facet

Artifact type: Salted Paper Print; Process type: Calotype; Type: Loose print


Image dimensions: height 97mm x width 91mm

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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