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Document number: 3890
Date: 10 Jun 1839
Dating: 1839 from ref to Sat 15th
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: STRANGWAYS William Thomas Horner Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 17th April 2010

10 June

We send to Italy Saty next 15th <1>

Dear Henry

The photogenies <2> are very good & very acceptable – I wish you could contrive to mend Natures perspective – we draw objects standing up & she draws them lying down which requires a correction of the eye or mind in looking at the drawing.

Pray take every pains to perfect the Camera branch of the art – that will be the most useful & the grand cheval de bat. <3>

I admire the head from painted glass it will be invaluable for the preservation of that class of art – There is a mutilated but graceful head of the virgin in Abbotsbury Church which I should be very glad to learn to take off. – It looks like one of the early German School.

Were any of the leaves I sent you from Abby <4> of any use? You should try all white or pale coloured flowers but may not white be opaque?

I am going to talk to Jane <5> over the map about her travels which they all look forward to with delight – Fanny <6> is come very well & has brought bulbs & Fungus melitearis –.

I have fine specimens of Allium Siculum or Dioscoridis Nectaroscordum of Lindley <7> – a curious departure from true Allia but very unlike my idea of Nectar. Are your Persian Umbelliferæ coming up?



1. Which dates this letter to 1839.

2. That is, photogenic drawings.

3. […bataille] great battle-charger, that is, the greatest breakthrough.

4. Abbotsbury, Dorset: home of William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways.

5. Jane Harriot Nicholl, née Talbot (1796–1874).

6. WTHFS’s cousin – daughter of the Rev the Hon Charles Strangways, a brother of the 2nd Earl of Ilchester.

7. Prof John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist.