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Document number: 4050
Date: Thu 30 Jan 1840
Dating: date derived; T to Constance 2 Feb 1840 success
Recipient: BABBAGE Charles
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: British Library, London - Dept of Manuscripts
Collection number: Add MS 37191 f529
Last updated: 28th March 2010

31 Sackville St <1>

Dear Sir

As I think you have a party on Saturday evg I can bring you, if you like a few improved specimens of Photogenic Drawing <2> – These are, or I hope will be by that time, framed & glazed, and I shall want them back, to show to the Graphic Society <3> &c. but if you like I can make you some as good or better next month, to add to the little collection which I sent last Summer.

Yours very truly
H. Fox Talbot


1. 31 Sackville Street, London residence of the Feildings, often used as a London base by WHFT.

2. With the early advent of bright weather in 1840, WHFT rapidly improved his photogenic drawing process, particularly in the camera, and showed some on the evening of 1 February 1840 at Babbage’s home. Sir David Wilkie (1785–1841), Scottish artist, and Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781–1841), sculptor, were among those present. See WHFT’s account of this evening in Doc. No: 04015.

3. This was to be WHFT’s third exhibition of photogenic drawings, reviewed in ‘Fine Arts, Graphic Society’, The Literary Gazette and Journal of belles lettres, science and art, no. 1217, 16 May 1840, pp. 315–316.

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