Alfred Swaine Taylor
Among the lots at the auction of the Alfred Swaine Taylor Family Collection is this mounted photograph of Taylor seated. Inscribed in pencil on the mount 'By Claudet circa 1857', the photo is 8 x 10.5in (21 x 26.5cm).

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As a toxicologist he participated in a number of notorious Victorian poisoning cases and the collection coming to auction includes journals, letters, medical and court case related notes and other personal items.

The auction house visited his former home at Thorne Court in autumn 2017 and a subsequent auction in December last year featured a number of early Victorian daguerreotypes.

Taylor was called on to help investigate famous murder cases of the Victorian age including the arsenic poisoning of Cornelius Rhymes and the murder of ‘sweet’ Fanny Adams. So well-known at the time, it is reported that famous authors Wilkie Collins, Sir Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens consulted him.

The Alfred Swaine Taylor Family Collection sale will take place on October 5 comprising more than 260 lots without reserve.