Mousetrap Camera

Made:
1935 (replica); 1834-1836 (original)
maker:
William Henry Fox Talbot

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'Mousetrap' camera
Matilda Talbot
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Small experimental 'Mousetrap' camera with lens, 1834-1836, made by William Henry Fox Talbot

The Mousetrap camera was a simple wooden box camera with a brass barrel single lens. The camera was made by a local joiner to Talbot's plan, the same joiner would go on to make a whole set. It was named the Mousetrap by Talbot's wife.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
1937-343
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, wood (unidentified)
type:
box camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
credit:
Matilda Talbot
status:
Permanent collection

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