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England, 1841
Image: 7 1/2 × 9 1/4 in. (19.05 × 23.5 cm)
The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection, gift of The Annenberg Foundation and Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin (M.2008.40.913)
Not currently on public view


Lace by William Henry Fox Talbot, was a favorite of collectors Marjorie and Leonard Vernon....
Lace by William Henry Fox Talbot, was a favorite of collectors Marjorie and Leonard Vernon. Maggi Weston, proprietor of the Weston Gallery, talked about its acquisition: "(Marjorie) and I got into this long discussion (over the 19th century work) and she ooh-ed and aaah-ed. I also had a Fox Talbot with me, they were available and in beautiful condition. (Leonard) bought $10,000 work of photographs (on that first viewing) and I said, 'oh my lord this is wonderful!"

Carol Vernon, daughter of Marjorie and Leonard shared her own account:

"My parents spent time at photo workshops in Oxford England, but their interest in British photography from the late 1800s started even before that. I know when my mother first saw Lace she fell in love. My mother was very kind, simple, direct, not showy in any way. She wasn't into jewelry, much to my dismay! So my father didn't know what to ever to buy her. It wouldn't have mattered how much that photograph of the lace was, she loved it, so he bought it for her."


  • Salvesen, Britt. See the Light: Photography, Perception, Cognition: the Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York: DelMonico Books/Prestel, 2013.