My dear Talbot
I have been rather out of sorts lately, or I should not have left your letter & the pretty lithographs, <1> so long without an answer. They are beautiful; the relief, quite wonderful. I don’t see how it is done, for there is no shade behind them, to throw the figures forword [sic]. can you at all tell what they will cost? Of course, much more than plain lithographs
When you write to Mrs Talbot, remember me to her & your daughters <4>
Yr aff –
Carclew. Penryn Cornwall
Henry Talbot Esqe
1. This must have been a reference to WHFT's latest improvements in photoglyphic engraving, which was an intaglio rather than a planographic process.
2. Louisa Charlotte Frampton (b. 1808), author.
4. Ela Theresa Talbot (25 Apr 1835 - 25 Apr 1893), WHFT's 1st daughter; Rosamond Constance Talbot (16 Mar 1837 - 7 May 1906), 'Rose'; 'Monie'; artist & WHFT's 2nd daughter; died & buried at San Remo, Italy, with a memorial at Lacock; Matilda Caroline Gilchrist-Clark, née Talbot (25 Feb 1839-1927), 'Tilly', WHFT's 3rd daughter.