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

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The John Dillwyn Llewelyn collection of Talbot photographic materials

[1838]-[1842], n.d.

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

Extent: 42 leaves
Language(s) of Material: English


Dep. d. 996


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.

Scope and Content

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.


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Original items are extremely light-sensitive. Use Digital.Bodleian surrogates.


Deposited by Sir John M.D. Venables-Llewelyn, 2013.

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.

Preferred Form of Citation

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

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).

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Llewelyn | John | Dillwyn | 1810-1882 | Natural historian and pioneer of photography
Talbot | William Henry Fox | 1800-1877 | MP, pioneer of photography


19th century
Photography -- History -- 19th century

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