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untitled (conical shaped structure under construction/destruction)
  • Frederick Langenheim
    born: Germany ; active: United States
    William Langenheim
    born: Germany ; active: United States
  • untitled (conical shaped structure under construction/destruction), 1849
  • Where object was made: United States
  • calotype
  • Long-term loan from the Robert Taft Collection of the Kansas State Historical Society
  • Not on display
  • L1980.002
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Constructions of Place: Architecture in Photography," Jan-1991, Erin Barnett
This photograph, which probably depicts a cast-iron lighthouse under construcrion for Careyfort Reef, Florida, was made using William Henry Fox Talbot's calotype process. The Langenheim brothers purchased the rights to this British method but failed to popularize it in the United States.