Eleanor & her donkey, 1853


Elinor and her Donkey by John Dillwyn Llewelyn, 1853

J. D. Llewelyn learned of the calotype, or paper negative, photographic process directly from its inventor, his cousin-in-law, William Henry Fox Talbot. He became one of the most important amateur photographers and an inventor of new techniques.

One of his innovations was a camera shutter that allowed him to capture movement at approximately 1/25th of a second. This photograph showing members of his family was probably taken on their estate at Penllergare, Wales.

There is another photo of Elinor Amy Dillwyn Llewelyn from the same year, see my other post here.

source: Victoria & Albert Museum

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