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The Wigwam, a Canadian Scene at Penllergare

Within a week of Talbot's public presentation of the "photogenic drawing" process in February 1839, Llewelyn experimented with the new "drawing" technique. He owed his early introduction to the medium to his wife, Emma Thomasina Talbot, first cousin of the inventor. This curious view shows a rustic, split-log wigwam and a Canadian birch bark canoe-odd stuff to be found in Victorian-era Wales. The photograph comes from a rare group of prints belonging to Llewelyn's daughter, Emma Charlotte. It is one of many that the photographer made at Penllergare, his idyllic country estate in Glamorgan, South Wales. Further research will be required to determine if the canoe was exported by Canada for its pr...

c. 1855
Albumen silver print from glass negative
7.3 x 8.7in
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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