Authorised form of nameTalbot; William Henry Fox (1800 - 1877)
Other forms of nameTalbot, Henry Fox
ForenamesWilliam Henry Fox
Dates1800 - 1877
Dates and placesBirth:
Melbury House, Dorset, England (11 February 1800)
Lacock Abbey, Chippenham, Wiltshire (17 September 1877)
ActivityResearch Field:
Photochemistry, mathematics
Harrow School
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Royal Medal 1838; Rumford Medal 1842
Bakerian 1837
General contextPhotographs of William Fox Talbot purchased for £2.25 million in October 2014 by the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Staff are delighted with the acquisition and are planning to stage a major exhibition in 2017.

Announcing the news at the Photography Oxford Festival, which finished on Sunday, Bodley’s Librarian Richard Ovenden said: “We are so pleased to have reached our fundraising target and are at last able to secure the Fox Talbot archive. We are looking forward to making this fascinating and important resource available to students and the photographic community.”

The Oxford University library received a grant of £1.2m in 2012 towards securing the archive.

After the National Heritage Memorial Fund awarded the library £1.2m, further donations came in from the Art Fund, plus gifts from individuals and charitable trusts.
The final donation came from a legacy, allowing the Bodleian off Broad Street to reach its target of £2.25m.
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Altname from election certificate
Geoffrey Cantor, 'In Love With Light', review of Larry J Schaaf, Out of the Shadows. Herschel, Talbot and the Invention of Photography in NR 1993 vol 47 pp 147-149
Colin A Russell, 'Photographic Pioneer', review of Larry J Schaaf, Records of the Dawn of Photography, Talbot's Notebooks P & Q in NR 1998 vol 52 pp 196-197
John H Appleby, 'Woronzow Greig (1805-1865), FRS, and his Scientific Interests' in NR 1999 vol 53 pp 95-106
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA5837
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MC/3Volume 3 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1839-1843
MC/2Volume 2 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1832-1838
AP/23/21Notice respecting a new kind of Sensitive Paper 19 March 1839
AP/25/13An account of some recent improvements in Photography1841
AP/18/16Experiments on Light June 1834
AP/23/20An Account of the Process employed in Photographic Drawing 20 February 1839
AP/18/15New Property of the Arcs of the Equilatereal HyperbolaJanuary 1834
AP/23/19Some account of Photogenic Drawing or, the process of which Natural Objects may be made to delineate themselves, without the aid of the Artist's Pencil by Henry Fox Talbot Esq. FRS1839
NLB/20/400Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to the Editors of 'The Photogram', 6 Farringdon Aveneue, E.C.6 April 1900
RR/3/51Referee's report by John Thomas Graves, on a paper 'A memoir on curves of the third order' by Arthur Cayley31 January 1957
EC/1831/10Talbot, William Henry Fox: certificate of election to the Royal Society
RR/1/32Referee's report by William Henry Fox Talbot, on a paper 'On the connection between the phenomena of the absorption of light, and the colours of thin plates' by David Brewster22 June 1837
IM/004488Talbot, William Henry Foxnd
MC/2/153Letter from [William] Henry Fox Talbot, 31 Sackville Street, to the Royal Societyc. December 1834
MC/3/5Letter from William Henry Fox Talbot, 44 Queen Ann Street, to Dr. Peter Mark Roget, [Secretary of the Royal Society]5 February 1839
MC/3/6Letter from William Henry Fox Talbot, 44 Queen Ann Street, to Dr. Peter Mark Roget, [Secretary of the Royal Society]6 February 1839
MC/3/15Letter from Joseph Bancroft Reade, Peckham, to the Royal Society28 February 1839
MC/3/77Letter from [Carl Friedrich Philipp] von Martius, Munich, to John Frederic Daniell, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society24 March 1840
MC/3/178Letter from William Henry Fox Talbot, to John David Roberton, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society]29 June 1841
MC/3/179Draft letter from the Royal Society to William Henry Fox Talbot30 June 1841
MC/3/180Letter from William Henry Fox Talbot, to Dr. [Peter Mark] Roget, Secretary of the Royal Society, 39 Bernard Street, Russell Square30 June 1841
MC/3/181Letter from William Henry Fox Talbot, to John David Roberton, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society]30 June 1841
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