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Bodleian's Talbot appeal uncovers Talbot photogenic drawings

The Bodleian Libraries' public appeal to secure the Talbot archive has led to forty-two previously unknown photogenic drawings being discovered. They have been given to the Bodleian Library.

After hearing about the Bodleian’s campaign, Noel Chanan, biographer of John Dillwyn Llewelyn, was approached by Sir John Venables-Llewelyn, great-great grandson of the photographer, with a view to offering to place a previously unknown collection of forty-two early photogenic drawings by Talbot on deposit at the Bodleian, to supplement the Talbot Archive. These precious and fragile photographs, most of which are annotated by Talbot, depict mostly botanical specimens, as well as places including the cloister and the gothic gateway at Lacock Abbey (right), Oxford’s Botanical Gardens, and the Tower of Magdalen College. 

Other subjects include fragments of lace, a breakfast table, a tiger from a Bewick engraving (above, right), the Great Seal of England, and a facsimile of an old printed page.

Gifts to support the appeal to secure the Talbot archive for the Bodleian can be made here:

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