West front of Lacock Abbey | A member of the Fox Talbot family | Courtesy of the National Trust Collection at Lacock Abbey | Licence: All Rights Reserved

Lacock Abbey – National Trust Collection

When the Lacock Abbey collection came into the ownership of the National Trust at the end of 2009, it comprised over 20,000 items. At the time that the collection was acquired, its full extent was largely unknown and the property team have been gradually cataloguing items and developing a plan to deal with a huge conservation backlog ever since.
Through this work, it was found that within the collection there were in excess of 1,000 watercolours, painted largely by William Henry Fox Talbot’s children and wife. The paintings are of an exceptionally high quality and provide an insight into the lives of the family, the time that they lived and their travels across the world. Unfortunately, although the colour of many of the paintings is still exceptional, having been kept in original portfolios and away from light, many are in poor condition and are in urgent need of conservation.
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