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  1. an early negative-positive photographic process, patented by William Henry Talbot in 1841, in which a paper negative is produced and then used to make a positive contact print in sunlight.
  2. a print made by this process.
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Origin of calotype

1835–45; < Greek kalo- (combining form of kalós beautiful) + -type
Also called Talbotype.
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Examples from the Web for calotype

Historical Examples

  • The notion of a "national reward" for the Calotype scarcely requires a remark.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXVI. October, 1843. Vol. LIV.


  • The Calotype process, by which the images of the camera can be fixed upon paper, was invented by Mr. Talbot, in 1840.

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    Frederick C. Bakewell

  • At its base sat a beggar; while an artist, at a little distance, was sketching it with the calotype.

  • Calotype, a process of photography invented by Fox Talbot in 1840, by means of the action of light on nitrate of silver.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • Three hours in the calotype and waxed-paper process, and half-an-hour sufficed for the collodion process!!

British Dictionary definitions for calotype


  1. an early photographic process invented by W. H. Fox Talbot, in which the image was produced on paper treated with silver iodide and developed by sodium thiosulphite
  2. a photograph made by this process
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek kalos beautiful + -type
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