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The John Dillwyn Llewelyn collection of Talbot photographic materials

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Dep. d. 996

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The photographic materials in this collection were created by William Henry Fox Talbot and sent to John Dillwyn Llewelyn. The majority of the photogenic drawings or prints in the collection have either been signed or bear annotations by Talbot indicating that he was their creator, or are known to have been his work. A few materials bear no attribution but are believed to be Talbot's work. Several have been annotated 'fx', 'x', and 'not' by Talbot, which appears to denote that the materials annotated 'fx' and 'x' have been fixed by Talbot, with 'not' indicating that they have not been fixed. Several have also been annotated, on the verso in pencil, 'MTT' by Mary Theresa Talbot, sister-in-law of John Dillwyn Llewelyn.

Comprises:
  1. (fol. 1) negative paper contact 'Bromus maximus' by William Henry Fox Talbot, 1839. The title has been annotated on the verso by Talbot. Annotated 'not'. [Schaaf 4218]
  2. (fol. 2) negative paper of two stems of plants by William Henry Fox Talbot, n.d. Annotated 'fx' on the verso. [Schaaf 4651]
  3. (fol. 3) negative paper contact of three botanical specimens, including 'Colchicum montanum', by William Henry Fox Talbot, n.d. On paper watermarked 'Whatman Turkey Mill'. [Schaaf 4200]
  4. (fol. 4) negative paper contact of a botanical specimen 'Colchicum montanum Genoa' by William Henry Fox Talbot, n.d. A partial watermark is visible on the paper. Annotated 'not' and 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 4198]
  5. (fol. 5) negative paper contact of a peony by William Henry Fox Talbot, n.d. Annotated 'H.F.T. and 'fx' on the verso. [Schaaf 4197]
  6. (fol. 6) negative paper contact of a leaf of the sycamore family, [1838]. On paper watermarked 'Whatman's Turkey Mill 38'. Annotated 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 2397]
  7. (fol. 7) negative paper contact of a fern, n.d. [Schaaf 4641]
  8. (fol. 8) negative paper contact of geometric patterned fabric, n.d. A pencilled initial, possibly an 'N' for Nicholas Henneman, is on the verso. Also annotated 'fx' and 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 4642]
  9. (fol. 9) negative paper contact of a botanical specimen 'Sisymbrium Cumingianum', by William Henry Fox Talbot, 1839. Annotated 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 4646]
  10. (fol. 10) negative paper contact of a botanical specimen 'Pteris Cretica' possibly by William Henry Fox Talbot, 1839. On paper watermarked 'London Joseph Burch'. A variant of this photogenic drawing, dated 21 Mar 1839, has also been attributed to Nicholas Henneman. [Schaaf 4190]
  11. (fol. 11) negative paper contact of three botanical specimens by William Henry Fox Talbot, n.d. Annotated 'fx' and 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 4645]
  12. (fol. 12) salt print of single branch of grass by William Henry Fox Talbot, 1839. Annotated 'fx' on the verso. A variant appears in the Bertoloni album, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which bears the inscription 'H.F.Talbot photogr. 1839... Bromus Maximus. Genoa.' [Schaaf 2297]
  13. (fol. 13) negative paper contact of a peony leaf above leaves of a species of chestnut by William Henry Fox Talbot, n.d. Annotated 'fx' on the verso. [Schaaf 4195]
  14. (fol. 14) salt print 'Bas Relief in Plaster' by William Henry Fox Talbot, [1840]. On paper watermarked 'Whatman 1840'. Annotated 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 2355]
  15. (fol. 15) salt print of a printed page headed 'Ricardi Secondi' by William Henry Fox Talbot, [1839]. On paper watermarked 'Joynson 1839'. Annotated 'Nov. 12' and possibly 'n' on the verso. [Schaaf 4160]
  16. (fol. 16) camera negative of a tree in winter, [1839?]. On paper watermarked 'J Whatman Turkey Mill 183[9?]'. [Schaaf 4652]
  17. (fol. 17) salt print 'River Avon at Lacock' by William Henry Fox Talbot, [24 Aug 1840]. Annotated 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 2455]
  18. (fol. 18) salt print 'Lacock Abbey' by William Henry Fox Talbot, 14 Oct 1840. Annotated 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 3691]
  19. (fol. 19) negative contact 'Great Seal of England' by William Henry Fox Talbot, [1839]. On paper watermarked 'J Whatman Turkey Mill 1839'. Annotated 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 4650]
  20. (fol. 20) salt print of stained glass depicting the head of a saint by William Henry Fox Talbot, 1839. Annotated 'fx' and 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 2265]
  21. (fol. 21) negative paper contact of a print or watercolour of a military officer in three-quarter rear view emphasizing his sword, n.d. [Schaaf 4640]
  22. (fol. 22) negative paper of a fragment of lace, n.d. Annotated 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 4266]
  23. (fol. 23) salt print of Gothick gateway, Lacock Abbey, by William Henry Fox Talbot. n.d. Annotated 'MTT' and possibly 'b' on the verso. [Schaaf 1094]
  24. (fol. 24) negative paper of a piece of lace by William Henry Fox Talbot, 1839. The verso is inscribed 'H.F. Talbot phot 1839.' On paper watermarked 'Joseph Burch London'. [Schaaf 4192]
  25. (fol. 25) salt print by William Henry Fox Talbot, [2 Mar 1840]. Titled 'H. F. Talbot his breakfast table' on the verso. [Schaaf 141]
  26. (fol. 26) salt print of waving stems of botanical specimens, leading to the upper left, by William Henry Fox Talbot, n.d. Annotated 'x' on the recto.
  27. (fol. 27) negative paper contact of two leaves and a flower of a Clematis species (Ranunculaceae), n.d. [Schaaf 4643]
  28. (fol. 28) salt print by William Henry Fox Talbot of a page from Psalms bearing an inscription, in Hebrew, of the last sentence of Psalm 149 and the commencement of Psalm 150, n.d. Annotated 'x' and possibly 'b' on the verso. [Schaaf 3660]
  29. (fol. 29) salt print from a cliche-verre negative by William Henry Fox Talbot of an etched drawing 'Villagio', prior to June 1839, negative likely drawn autumn 1834. Annotated 'x' on the recto and 'MTT' and possibly 'b' on the verso. [Schaaf 1]
  30. (fol. 30) negative paper contact of a single stem of a plant by William Henry Fox Talbot, [1842]. On paper watermarked 'Whatman Turkey Mill 1842'. The verso has been annotated 'H.F.T.' Annotated 'fx' on the verso. [Schaaf 4644]
  31. (fol. 31) negative paper contact of two botanical specimens by William Henry Fox Talbot, n.d. Titled 'Epimedium alpinum' on the verso. Annotated 'not' and 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 4647]
  32. (fol. 32) salt print copy of a Himely lithographic print. Identifiable are a tree, a building, a man and a woman. The verso has been inscribed 'H.F.Talbot ph. 1839'. Annotated 'x' on the recto and 'MTT' on the verso.
  33. (fol. 33) salt print 'Tower of Magdalen Coll: Oxford and residence of the Professor in the Botanic Garden from Nature' by William Henry Fox Talbot, 1840. On paper watermarked 'Whatman 1840'. Annotated 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 106]
  34. (fol. 34) salted print of buckler fern by William Henry Fox Talbot, [1838]. On paper watermarked 'J Whatman 1838'. Annotated 'FX' and 'MTT' on the verso.
  35. (fol. 35) salt print of the cloisters at Lacock Abbey by William Henry Fox Talbot, n.d. Annotated 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 4029]
  36. (fol. 36) negative paper contact by William Henry Fox Talbot, 24 Jun 1839. The verso has been annotated 'Aira caryophyllea grows on the sandbanks near Merthyr-mawr H.F.Talbot phot June 24. 1839'. On paper watermarked 'Whatman Turkey Mill 1838'. [Schaaf 4648]
  37. (fol. 37) negative contact by William Henry Fox Talbot of a tiger, from the engraving by Thomas Bewick, n.d. The verso has been annotated 'Mary' by Talbot. Also annotated 'H.F.T.' and 'fx' on the verso. [Schaaf 4649]
  38. (fol. 38) salt print 'Oxford Botanic Garden from Nature' by William Henry Fox Talbot, 1840. Annotated 'MTT' on the verso. [Schaaf 4653]
  39. (fol. 39) salt print by William Henry Fox Talbot, n.d. Titled 'window in the tower of Lacock Abbey' on the verso. The verso has been annotated 'JT & DT' [possibly for Jane Talbot and Dillwyn Llewelyn?]. Also annotated 'fx' and 'MTT' on the verso.
  40. (fol. 40) salt print of the South front of Lacock Abbey, towards Sharingtons Tower, by William Henry Fox Talbot, 1840. On paper watermarked 'J Whatman 18[??'] Annotated 'x' on the recto and 'MTT' on the verso.
  41. (fol. 41) negative paper contact by William Henry Fox Talbot, n.d. Titled 'Asplenium Halleri' on the verso. [Schaaf 4639]
  42. (fol. 42) salt print by William Henry Fox Talbot, n.d. Titled 'Veronica Austriaca Trieste' on the verso. Annotated 'not' and 'MTT' on the verso.

Dates

  • [1838]-[1842], n.d.

Extent

42.0 Leaves

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

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Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and file or folder number, e.g. Dep. d. 996, fols. 1-2].
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Shelfmark:

Dep. d. 996

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 8316

Overview

The John Dillwyn Llewelyn collection of Talbot photographic materials, [1838]-[1842], n.d.

Biographical / Historical

John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810-1882) married Emma Thomasina Talbot (1808-1881) in 1833. She was the cousin of William Henry Fox Talbot. Dillywn Llewelyn began experimenting with photography in 1839. See the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for a full biography.

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) began experimenting with photography in 1834, having first been inspired during a visit to Lake Como the previous year. Talbot announced his 'photogenic drawing' process in a paper to the Royal Society in 1839. See the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for a full biography.

Other Finding Aids

See also the Talbot Catalogue Raisonné, a detailed inventory of Talbot photographs located around the world. The Catalogue Raisonné is organised by Schaaf numbers The Schaaf numbers have been included in the descriptions in this catalogue (e.g. Schaaf 1234).

Custodial History

The collection was formed by John Dillwyn Llewelyn who received the photogenic drawings and prints from William Henry Fox Talbot. Ownership of the collection was inherited by Dillwyn Llewelyn's descendants, the Venables-Llewelyn family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Sir John M.D. Venables-Llewelyn, 2013.
Title
The John Dillwyn Llewelyn collection of Talbot photographic materials, [1838]-[1842], n.d.
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Matthew Neely
Date
2018
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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