Two specimens of fern leaf

Caleb Burrell Rose (1790-1872)c. 1840

The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

A photogenic drawing of two plant specimens, the leaves placed on sensitized paper and exposed to sunlight. Inscribed above in ink: "An early attempt at Photography from Norwich." Contact print on sensitized paper.

Apparently, an early use of the process developed by William Henry Fox Talbot FRS (1800-1877). The naturalist and geologist Caleb Burrell Rose (1790-1872) in whose papers this image is preserved, practised as a surgeon in Swaffham, Norfolk, 1816-c.1859.


  • Title: Two specimens of fern leaf
  • Creator: Caleb Burrell Rose (1790-1872)
  • Date Created: c. 1840
  • Location Created: Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Rights: Copyright The Royal Society, 2018
  • External Link: To license this image please visit the Royal Society Picture Library
  • Scientist: Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877)
  • Invention: Cyanotype
  • Field: Biology
  • Catalogue Reference: MS/223/24

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