William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) had introduced the revolutionary photographic process known as the calotype (or talbotype) in 1841. He was also the inventor of the salted paper. Nikolaas Henneman (1813-1889) served as Talbot's photographic assistant, and later set out on his own as a professional photographer.
The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, was otherwise known as the Crystal Palace Exhibition, referring to the glass and cast-iron building where it was held in Hyde Park, London, from 1 May to 15 October 1851. It was famously the first in a series of World's Fairs, with more than six million visitors.
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