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Robert Hunt (1807–1887) by Ernest Edwards, pubd 1864 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hunt, Robert (1807–1887), chemist and photographer, was born at Plymouth Dock (Devonport) on 6 September 1807, the posthumous only child of Robert Hunt (bap. 1781, d. 1807), carpenter on the Moucheron, and his wife, Honour Thomas (1781–1842). Left to support herself and her infant son on a small naval pension, ...

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William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877) by Antoine Claudet, 1846 Fox Talbot Museum of Photography

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Talbot, William Henry Fox (1800–1877), pioneer of photography, was born on 11 February 1800 at Melbury, Dorset, the only child of William Davenport Talbot (1764–1800), army officer, of Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, and Elisabeth Theresa (1773–1846), eldest child of Henry Thomas Fox-Strangways, second earl of Ilchester...