Rare chance to see history in a negative
Visitors entering a sparsely appointed gallery at the Norton Museum might not immediately realize they’re in the presence of history. They might not realize they’re in the presence of anything at all — until they spot a small shelf covered with black cloth.
Beneath the cloth is Lace, a one-of-a-kind photogenic drawing negative by William Henry Fox Talbot. Dated from before 1845, the recently acquired negative is the old-