Constance Fox Talbot

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Constance Fox Talbot
Photo of Constance Fox Talbot.jpg
Constance Fox Talbot, circa 1840,
photograph by William Henry Fox Talbot
Born Constance Mundy
1811 (1811)
Died 1880 (aged 68–69)
Nationality British
Known for Photography
Spouse(s) William Henry Fox Talbot

Constance Talbot (née Mundy, 1811–1880)[1] was from 1832[2] the wife of William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the key players in the development of photography in the 1830s and 1840s. She herself briefly experimented with the process as early as 1839[3] and has been credited as the first woman ever to take a photograph - a hazy image of a short verse by the Irish poet Thomas Moore.[4]

Constance, who came from Markeaton in Derbyshire,[2] was the youngest daughter of Francis Mundy (1771–1837), Member of Parliament for that county from 1822 to 1831.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Constance Mundy Talbot", Find a Grave. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b Nannavy, John (1997). Fox Talbot. Princes Risborough: Shire Publications Ltd. p. 7. ISBN 0 7478 0351 X. 
  3. ^ Buckland, Gail (1980). Fox Talbot and the invention of photography. D. R. Godine. ISBN 978-0-87923-307-5. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Maev Kennedy, "Bodleian Library launches £2.2m bid to stop Fox Talbot archive going overseas", The Guardian, 9 December 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Derbyshire", The History of Parliament. Retrieved 12 April 2013.