List of illustrations

  • The Open Door
  • The Haystack
  • Patroclus
  • Notebook S.1
  • Subject and number of William Henry Fox Talbot's notebooks by decade
  • Exercise Book
  • Notebook T
  • The Ladder
  • Memoranda notebook, opening pages
  • Patroclus
  • Matilda Talbot as Ela Longespée, third Countess of Salisbury, at the Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
  • Lacock Abbey
  • Trades, Secrets and Receipts mechanical as they came casually to hand
  • Lacock Magna Carta
  • The Student's Journal: Arranged, Printed, and Ruled, for Receiving an Account of Every Day's Employment, for the Space of One Year
  • Specimen of Dicranum scoparium, detail
  • Species Muscorum Frondosorum descriptae et tabulis aeneis, title page
  • Illustrations of some genera of mosses
  • Illustrations of some species of Hypnum
  • Specimens of different species of Hypnum
  • Envelopes containing specimens of Hypnum
  • Botanical specimens glued into a book
  • Specimens of Phascum
  • Magnified drawing of Phascum curvicollum
  • Specimen of Phascum curvicollum, detail
  • Record of finding Pterogonium Smithii at Penrice
  • Solids (page from an exercise book)
  • Solar System (page from an exercise book)
  • Solutions of the Cambridge Problems, from 1800–1820
  • Determining the path of a comet
  • The partition of numbers and elliptic integrals
  • Notes on elliptic integrals
  • Equilateral hyperbola
  • Equilateral hyperbola
  • Part of an example of an arithmetical calculation of a sum of three integrals
  • Solution of fifth-degree equation
  • Notes on chemistry and an ellipse theorem
  • First page of letter to Lady Elisabeth Feilding
  • Map of Scotland, Constructed and Engraved from the Best Authorities
  • Receipt from Rampling's Waterloo Hotel, Edinburgh
  • Design for an Illustration for Walter Scott's "Lady of the Lake," Loch Achray
  • Loch Katrine
  • Loch Katrine
  • Loch Katrine
  • Loch Katrine
  • Sir Walter Scott's Monument, Edinburgh; as It Appeared When Nearly Finished in October 1844
  • Page from a notebook
  • Notes on Lectures
  • First small cameras used by William Henry Fox Talbot
  • Vue du Pont-Neuf
  • Le Pavillon de Flore et le Pont-Royal
  • Specimen 9
  • Astrantia Major
  • Botanical Specimen–Bryonia Dioca
  • Copy of a joker and a cat
  • Photomicrograph of tranverse stem
  • Insect wing (lantern fly)
  • An Oriel Window at Lacock Abbey
  • A Cascade of Spruce Needles
  • Branch of Leaves of Mercuriàlis pérennis
  • Hotel de Ville de Paris, detail
  • Photographic Copy of José Roldán after Murillo, St. Thomas of Villanueva Giving Alms
  • Photographic Copy of José Roldán after Murillo, St. Thomas of Villanueva Giving Alms
  • Copy of a Label for Hyposulfite of Soda
  • Graminée du midi de la France---Three Stems of Grasses, detail
  • Foliage, with Superimposed Pattern of Gauze
  • Three Sheets of Gauze, Crossed Obliquely
  • Source of the Arveyron from beneath a Glacier near Chamouni
  • Truncated Fern
  • Veil, Engine-Rules Lines, Crossed at Right Angles
  • Folded Piece of Muslin
  • With a Wedding Veil Talbot Made the First Halftone in 1852
  • The Tuileries
  • Three stages of photogravure
  • William Henry Fox Talbot medal from International Exhibition of 1862
  • Source of the Arveyron from beneath a Glacier near Chamouni
  • The Barberini Ivory
  • Map of the ancient Middle East, American Bible Society
  • Graph showing William Henry Fox Talbot's Assyriological output from 1853–1878
  • First page of draft edition of Annals of Tiglath-pileser I
  • Annals of Tiglath-pileser I (lithograph used for decipherment)
  • Prism K 1621a (modern photograph)
  • Marginalia notation
  • Assyricsche Lesestücke, plate 44
  • Tablet K 3437
  • On Some Fragments of the Chaldean Account of the Creation
  • Draft translation of Bel and the Dragon, lines 3-8
  • The Fight between Bel and the Dragon, transciption and translation
  • Mušhuššu-dragon, symbol of the God Marduk, from the Processional Way in Babylon
  • Fight between Merodach (Bel) and the Dragon
  • Cover illustration
  • Anzu Bird
  • Graph showing Membership of the Society of Biblical Archaeology
  • Cuneiform Tablet
  • Cuneiform Tablet
  • Earliest known photograph of the British Museum (Montagu House)
  • Entrance Gateway, Queen's College, Oxford
  • Skeleton of Man and of the Male Gorilla (Troglodytes Gorilla)
  • Mineral Gallery, British Museum
  • Third Graeco-Roman Saloon on Artists' Day at the British Museum
  • View of a Bust of Atys
  • Cuneiform Tablet
  • Assyrian Cuneiform Writing
  • Demolition of Montagu House Gateway
  • Gallop, Bay Horse Daisy
  • Faraday Lecturing at the Royal Institution in 1856 to Prince Albert and the Prince of Wales
  • On a Peculiar Class of Optical Deceptions
  • Phenakistoscopes
  • Charles Wheatstone's revolving mirror
  • Early notes on a revolving mirror
  • Early proposal for a revolving disk photometer
  • Experiments on Light
  • Optical photometer
  • Notes on stroboscopic vision
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~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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Introduction: Talbot and his Archive
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WRITERS on photography, from its earliest commentators to its twenty-first-century critics, have long wrestled with how the new medium’s origins in experimental science shape its relationship to the traditional representational arts. Does photography belong within an integrated history of pictorial traditions, or does its status as an automatic recording technique place it somehow outside of...
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A pageant in 1932 to celebrate the seven hundredth anniversary of Lacock Abbey featured its then owner, Matilda Talbot, dressed up as its thirteenth-century founder, Ela Longespée, third Countess of Salisbury...
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Models for Investigation
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IT was in the “brilliant summer” of 1835 that William Henry Fox Talbot discovered that his photogenic drawings, produced by long exposure to the sun, acquired greater detail the smaller they were. He accordingly “had several small...
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“MR Fox Talbot’s name is so completely associated with the invention of photography that his mathematical powers are now almost completely unknown except to the few mathematicians who have attended to the subject of elliptic functions.”Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 38 (1878): 148. Thus...
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IN March 1813, during his second year at Harrow, William Henry Fox Talbot wrote a remarkable letter to his mother, Lady Elisabeth Feilding (fig. 38).William Henry Fox...
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Invention and Discovery
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ON Sunday, January 6, 1839, the Gazette de France in Paris published the first article ever dedicated to a photographic...
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WILLIAM Henry Fox Talbot’s two most canonical accounts of photography, “Some Account of the Art of Photogenic Drawing” (1839) and “A Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art” (1844), differ in tone and emphasis. These differences can, of course, be attributed to the specific...
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WILLIAM Blackwood’s prescient statement was made in March 1839, just weeks after Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot startled the world with their announcements of photography. As a publisher Blackwood immediately grasped that the true significance of the new art would be its influence on the printed page. Unlike Daguerre, Talbot was acutely aware of this as well, for throughout his life he displayed a passion for the world of books and printing. He sited photography firmly within the world of publishing, an attitude especially apparent in his boldly experimental volume The Pencil of Nature (1844). Perhaps surprisingly, Talbot spent one decade inventing and perfecting silver-based photography before abandoning it, but three times as long, right up to the end of his life, perfecting a means of expressing nature’s image in time-tested ink on paper. Talbot “died with his boots on,” working on his invention of photogravure until the very end, a quest that moved the ph
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Institutions and Networks
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TO Assyriologists William Henry Fox Talbot is best known as the man who instigated the “decipherment event” of 1857, which led to widespread acceptance that cuneiform script really could be read. Assyriologists know little, if anything, of his...
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ON May 19, 1854, Edward Hawkins, keeper of the Department of Antiquities at the British Museum, received a letter containing the following lines:
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AMONG the many photographic firsts attributed to William Henry Fox Talbot is the first successful photograph of a rapidly moving object, frozen in the position it held for only a single instant...
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HOW hard it seems to put William Henry Fox Talbot in his proper place. Early photographs stripped the world of anything that moved too rapidly for the slow exposure times then dictated by the limits of photochemical processing. Just so, Talbot’s brisk dynamics have posed a challenge to the ponderous divisions of the...
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Key Dates in Talbot’s Scholarly and Scientific Life
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Notes on Contributors
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~Every effort has been made to credit the photographers and sources of all illustrations in this volume; if there are any errors or omissions, please contact Yale University Press so that corrections can be made in any subsequent edition.
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