Personal archive of William Henry Fox Talbot by William Henry Fox Talbot

William Henry Fox Talbot was a Victorian polymath who invented pioneering photographic techniques.


Various Dimensions: Various in 129 archival boxes
Art Fund grant:
£200,000 ( Total: £2,250,000)
Acquired in:
confidential vendor

This archive includes many early photographs, including one made by Talbot's wife Constance, which may be the earliest image ever taken by a woman. Other elements of the archive include original manuscripts, family diaries and correspondence. This archive was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


By descent.

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