Talbot photographs of Oxford

Oscar Wilde’s bill and summons

This Treasure is paired with: Oscar Wilde’s bill and summons (19th-century Oxford)

Talbot found the architecture of Oxford highly suitable for his new photographic techniques, noting ‘the number of picturesque points of view seems almost inexhaustible’. The view of Queen’s College was taken from a window on the other side of the High Street. Talbot’s pioneering work on negative/positive photography on paper allowed – for the first time – the production of multiple photographic prints of the same image.

Acquisition of this archive has been supported by many generous grants:

22-Talbot-ACELogo Print 22-Talbot-NHMFLogo

This Treasure isn’t currently on display in the Weston Library.