Bodleian Library wins £200,000 Art Fund donation for William Henry Fox Talbot archive

By Culture24 Reporter | 01 August 2013

The Bodleian Library’s bid to buy the personal archive of William Henry Fox Talbot, described as possessing “unparalleled importance” in understanding the Victorian polymath, has been strengthened by a £200,000 Art Fund donation.

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William Henry Fox Talbot, A peony leaf above leaves of a species of chestnut© Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Curators in Oxford have negotiated an extension to the fundraising deadline, giving them until August 2014 to raise the remaining £375,000 of the £2.25 million asking price for the privately-owned collection relating to the founder of British photography.

“We are extremely grateful for all the donations we have received so far,” said Richard Ovenden, of the Library, thanking their latest supporters and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, which gave £1.2 million to the appeal last year.

“Every single one of them brings us closer to reaching our target. The Talbot archive is an essential resource for scholars on the history of photography, the history of science, and a range of other disciplines.”

Stephen Deuchar, the Director of the Art Fund, suggested the campaign would succeed with wider support.

“This collection of material is of unparalleled importance in shedding light on both Talbot’s life and his pioneering work.

“I urge everyone to support the final stage of the Bodleian's appeal.”


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Head of a saint from a painting on glass© Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
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Oxford Botanic Garden from Nature (1840). Salted paper print© Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
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The cloister at Lacock Abbey. Salted paper print© Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
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Gothick gateway, Lacock Abbey. Salted paper print© Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
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Photogenic Drawing Negative of a Tiger from the engraving by Thomas Bewick© Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
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