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Mirjam Brusius (Editor), Katrina Dean (Editor), Chitra Ramalingam (Editor)
Description: William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography
~The editors thank the contributors to this volume, which draws in part on papers for a conference in June 2010 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, then host institution to Chitra Ramalingam. Special thanks are due to the CRASSH scholars and administrators who helped us transform our...
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Mirjam Brusius (Editor), Katrina Dean (Editor), Chitra Ramalingam (Editor)
PublisherYale Center for British Art
PublisherPaul Mellon Centre
Acknowledgments
The editors thank the contributors to this volume, which draws in part on papers for a conference in June 2010 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, then host institution to Chitra Ramalingam. Special thanks are due to the CRASSH scholars and administrators who helped us transform our ambitions for the event from a modest workshop into a major interdisciplinary conference and whose conference program promotes and provides a space for experiments such as this one: Mary Jacobus, Andrew Webber, Catherine Hurley, and Michelle Maciejewska. We acknowledge additional support for the conference from the British Academy, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge. In addition to those represented in this volume, contributions to the conference by James Elkins, Tony Crilly, David Gange, Frank James, Robin Kelsey, John van Wyhe, and Anatoly Liberman shaped our thinking on Talbot’s work in many fields. A small exhibition to accompany the conference was hosted by the Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge, courtesy of David McKitterick.
The editors would also like to thank the host institutions of Mirjam Brusius and Katrina Dean at the time this volume was developed. The Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge hosted Mirjam’s PhD research, during the course of which the project leading to this volume took shape. Heartfelt thanks are due to Simon Schaffer and Eleanor Robson for their extensive knowledge and thoughtful encouragement. Mirjam’s doctoral research was funded by a United Kingdom Arts and Humanities Research Council collaborative doctoral award, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the Rausing Studentship, the Cambridge Trust, and the Kurt Hahn Trust.
The partner institution the British Library holds the key archival sources underpinning this work and hosted the project, of which this volume is one aspect, to bring them to a wider scholarly audience. Throughout the course of the project and the production of this volume, staff members at the British Library have generously contributed their curatorial and bibliographical expertise and assisted us in obtaining images for this publication. Special thanks are due to John Falconer, Frances Harris, Scot McKendrick, William Frame, Christopher Beckett, and Jonathan Pledge. Reproduction of works from the Talbot archive at the British Library is courtesy of Petronella Burnett-Brown and the British Library Board.
Oliver Flebbe, Thomas Gerhardt, Christian Gérini, Arnold Hunt, Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Graeme Mitchison, Ursula Sims-Williams, and Roger Watson (National Trust, Fox Talbot Museum) all assisted Mirjam in aspects of the research for her catalogue of Talbot’s notebooks, which is now available online. Additional thanks are due to Jim Secord, Jennifer Tucker, and Kelley Wilder for their intellectual engagement and support.
Every aspect of this endeavor has benefited from the advice of the historian of photography and Talbot expert Larry Schaaf. We also are grateful to Richard Slovak for copyediting the volume and Anjali Pala at Miko McGinty Inc. for her beautiful design. Finally, we thank our collaborators at the Yale Center for British Art for their encouragement, professional support, and hard work on this project, namely, Amy Meyers, Eleanor Hughes, Robin Hoffman, Imogen Hart, Erika Cohn, Shaunee Cole, Christopher Lotis, Sarah Rapuano, and Craig Canfield.
Mirjam Brusius, Katrina Dean, and Chitra Ramalingam
NOTE TO THE READER
The letters to and from Talbot quoted in this volume can be found online in the Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot, http://foxtalbot.dmu.ac.uk. Most notebooks by Talbot are now catalogued at the British Library and can be found in its online catalogue. If an item at the British Library is labeled “partially catalogued,” that means it is still in the process of being catalogued and has not received a full Add. MS reference number, the primary way to search for items in the online catalogue there. In this case a former catalogue number, such as an accession number (acc. no.), will be given where available, in addition to the overall collection number (Add. MS 88942), to help the reader trace the item with the help of the Manuscripts Reading Room staff.
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