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Document number: 8641
Date: 17 Jan 1863
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: SMYTH Charles Piazzi
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 1st September 2003



Jany 17 <added in another hand: 1863>

My dear Sir

Very many thanks indeed for your two fine engravings; of noble size & almost infinite refinement. In either case, an astonishing amount of nature to have put into a metal plate without aid of an engraver.

At first, I was inclined, when both were good, slightly to prefer St <Trephinus?> but now I think St Maurice the more perfect; for, putting the white sky out of the question, as doubtless the fault of the photograph, – everything seems to have kept its proper tone; the blacks are always full blacks; & the half tints are also well given as half tints whether verging to dark or light.

With many thanks again

I remain

Yours very truly

C. Piazzi Smyth

<at foot of p.1:>

<H.> F. Talbot Esqre

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