William Fox Talbot's Fruit Sellers to make $23,000 at Dreweatts?

William Henry Fox Talbot's The Fruit Sellers (circa 1845) will provide the headline lot of a photography auction at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in London.

The print is estimated to make £10,000-15,000 ($15,426-23,139) when it crosses the block on March 5.

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Fox Talbot was a pioneering British photographer

Fox Talbot was a pioneering photographer remembered for the invention of the Calotype, which allowed photographs to be taken with short exposure times.

This paved the way for the development of modern photographic techniques.

The Fruit Sellers was taken at his home at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, UK and is one of a series of experiments in Calotype printing.

A print of Mrs Herbert Duckworth by Julia Margaret Cameron is another highlight from the early years of photography, which also carries a £10,000-15,000 ($15,426-23,139) estimate.

Cameron was significantly ahead of her time. Her candid and revealing portraits have proven a huge influence on subsequent generations of photographers.

Mrs Duckworth was a close friend of Cameron. The image dates to 1867, three years before the death of her husband. In 1878, she would remarry and bear four children - one of whom was the author Virginia Woolf.

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