|Dates: ||1819 - ?|
Elected a member of the Photographic Society in their inaugural year of 1853, Cox belonged to a family of opticians active in Devonport, near Plymouth. In the 1854 photographic exhibition at the Royal Institution in Liverpool, Cox’s waxed-paper views were praised by the reviewer for the Liverpool Photographic Journal as “wonderfully minute and distinct.” In the 1856 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London, Cox displayed waxed-paper scenes of Devonport and Port Eliot, along with a view of the gardens and the cliffs at Mount Edgcumbe. This was the home of Caroline Mount Edgcumbe, Talbot’s artistic half sister, who had so greatly influenced his early efforts in photography. In 1853 Cox’s father, also a William and also an optician, was commissioned to make a special camera for the Royal Yacht.
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007)
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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