|A figure of the 19th Century|
John Soane was a man who was part of a new wave in England - pushing an enlightenment agenda - he was not alone in changing the way we live.
Seems that in these days (start of the 19th Century) the role for a certain type of comfortably well off gentleman was to pursue a somewhat dilettante existence pursing interests and making discoveries, Fox Talbot was the epitome of this type of moneyed person.
Of course Fox Talbot had help, his assistant (the Dutchman Nicolaas Henneman) who later went and formed his own business and there were others working in the field too like the Reverend Calvert Jones another 19th Century 'renaissance man' -as well as being a vicar he was an artist and architectural expert.
|Oddly it lacked some science|
There were examples of Calvert Jones pictures that included early panoramas and hand coloured prints.
What was interesting about the exhibition was to see how Fox Talbot used his developments to help him with other pursuits and spread the activity around like minded individuals - oddly we both felt the exhibition was a little light on the science.
We're now bombarded with visual images and it's hard to conceive the excitement and the impact of what Fox Talbot in England and the Frenchman Louis Daguerre 'unveiled' in their lifetimes (and of course beyond).
Michael Crick's Boris Versus Dave
Pretty much anything Michael Crick does on TV (and in books for that matter) smacks of engagement- by him at the very least.
The channel 4 programme last night was a clear view on the battle between the two old Etonian Conservatives at the heart of the EU referendum - to be fair having watched it there seems to be no way that Boris could ever have been anything but BREXIT without undergoing a fairly spectacular road to Damascus type turnaround of the 180 degrees variety.
So this is about David's 'Place in History' versus Boris's Place in number 10 - just over a month now.
Red 159This isn't hand coloured
|But the message is pretty clear|