William Henry Fox Talbot
Edited by Mirjam Brusius, Katrina Dean, and Chitra Ramalingam; With essays by Katrina Dean, Eleanor Robson, Mirjam Brusius, Graham Smith, Larry J. Schaaf, Simon Schaffer, Herta Wolf, Vered Maimon, Anne Secord, Chitra Ramalingam, and June Barrow-Green
October 29, 2013
320 pages, 7 x 10
109 color illus.
Distributed for the Yale Center for British Art and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877) was a British pioneer in photography, yet he also embraced the wider preoccupations of the Victorian Age—a time that saw many political, social, intellectual, technical, and industrial changes. His manuscripts, now in the archive of the British Library, reveal the connections and contrasts between his photographic innovations and his investigations into optics, mathematics, botany, archaeology, and classical studies.
Drawing on Talbot’s fascinating letters, diaries, research notebooks, botanical specimens, and photographic prints, distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines, including historians of science, art, and photography, broaden our understanding of Talbot as a Victorian intellectual and a man of science.
Mirjam Brusius is postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Harvard University. Katrina Dean is a university archivist at Melbourne University. Chitra Ramalingam is postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.
“He was more than an amateur in every field and this book leaves one amazed at the sheer extent of his intellectual pursuits, which in turn serve to contextualise the invention of photography – the achievement for which he is best remembered.”—Charlotte Cory, Country Life