Oxley was referred to as “a teacher” in one communication, but little else is known about him. He was a frequent contributor to the Kaleidoscope and to the Liverpool Mercury during the 1820s and 1830s. Oxley was extensively involved in scientific and technological circles in Liverpool and claimed, with some substantiation, to have suggested in 1823 the use of silver salts to capture the images in the camera obscura. His claim appeared to be better witnessed and less improbable than many that emerged in 1839. When photography was announced to the public in 1839, Oxley set to work to accomplish his sixteen-year-old dream. He published various formulas for photographic papers that were clearly based on his own experience.
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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