Authorised form of nameTalbot; William Henry Fox (1800 - 1877)
Other forms of nameHenry Fox
Dates1800 - 1877
Place of birthMelbury House, Dorset, England
Date of birth11 February 1800
Place of deathLacock Abbey, Chippenham, Wiltshire
Date of death17 September 1877
Research fieldPhotochemistry
Harrow School
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election17/03/1831
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
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/3/178Letter from William Henry Fox Talbot, to John David Roberton, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society]29 June 1841
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
NLB/20/400Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to the Editors of 'The Photogram', 6 Farringdon Aveneue, E.C.6 April 1900
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
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
AP/23/20Unpublished letter, 'An account of the process employed in photographic drawing' from Henry Fox Talbot to Samuel Hunter Christie20 February 1839
IM/004488Talbot, William Henry Foxnd
MC/2Volume 2 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1832-1838
MC/2/153Letter from [William] Henry Fox Talbot, 31 Sackville Street, to the Royal Societyc. December 1834
MC/3Volume 3 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1839-1843
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/3/179Draft letter from the Royal Society to William Henry Fox Talbot30 June 1841
MC/3/181Letter from William Henry Fox Talbot, to John David Roberton, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society]30 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/3/6Letter from William Henry Fox Talbot, 44 Queen Ann Street, to Dr. Peter Mark Roget, [Secretary of the Royal Society]6 February 1839
AP/18/15Unpublished paper, 'New property of the arcs of the equilateral hyperbola' by H F [William Henry Fox] TalbotJanuary 1834
AP/18/16Unpublished paper, 'Experiments on light' by H F [William Henry Fox] TalbotJune 1834
AP/23/21Unpublished paper, 'Notice respecting a new kind of sensitive paper' by Henry Fox Talbot19 March 1839
AP/23/19Unpublished paper, 'Some account of photogenic drawing or, the process by which natural objects may be made to delineate themselves, without the aid of the artist's pencil' by Henry Fox Talbot1839
AP/25/13Unpublished paper, 'An account of some recent improvements in photography' by Henry Fox Talbot1841
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