The correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot

The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot Project has prepared a comprehensive edition of the nearly 10.000 letters to and from William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). Talbot is best known for the invention of photography. In addition, he made significant contributions to fields as diverse as Assyriology, astronomy, botany, electiricty, etymology, mathematics, optics, and politics.

Talbot is known to have corresponded with more than 1100 people, and more than 2000 letters in his hand have been traced so far, scattered between many public and private archives. Talbot corresponded with a wide variety of people, such as politicians, reformers, scholars, scientists, people who worked closely with him, his relatives, and many lesser-known figures. This project concentrates exclusively on Henry Talbot’s correspondence, both incoming and outgoing.

Various ways of searching and browsing the letters are available. Letters are shown in modern edition.

The conception and editorial foundations of the project took place at the University of Glasgow between 1999 and 2004. Additional development and hosting is now undertaken by Knowledge Media Design, De Montfort University.

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