Calvert Jones was a close friend of William Henry Fox Talbot. The two men met through Talbot’s cousin, Christopher Rice Mansel "Kit" Talbot. In many ways Jones embodied the hopes of the inventor of photography. After experimenting with the daguerreotype, he turned to Talbot's calotype process on paper. Jones later sent many of his negatives, including this one, to Nicholas Henneman's Reading Establishment for printing.
Jones was a marine artist, and the active harbor of his native Swansea served as the subject and inspiration for many of his paintings and photographs. In particular, he studied the ships on the mud flats of this harbor. Swansea Bay has one of the most extreme ranges of tidewaters in the world. Sailors took advantage of the mud beaching of the ships to perform maintenance, and Jones found this an ideal way to study ship forms. One can see how this extraordinary image appealed to his painterly sensibilities.
Schaaf 2894. Together with positive
Harold White; Hans P. Kraus Jr.; Jay McDonald
Sun Pictures Catalogue Four: The Harold White Collection of Historical Photographs from the Circle of Talbot (New York: Hans P. Kraus Jr. Inc., 1987) p. 34, no. 31