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Document number: 8655
Date: 24 Feb 1863
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: SMYTH Charles Piazzi
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA63-016
Last updated: 1st September 2003



Feb. 24, 1863

My dear Sir,

Herewith I have the pleasure of sending for your kind acceptance the spare Russian photographs which I mentioned yesterday. They are mostly very indifferent, or even positively bad, as photographs; but being transparent positives on glass, & unmounted, they may perhaps be useful to you in some of your experiments in photoglyphy or otherwise. They are all of them from my own original negatives, & are as yet unpublished: their subjects are as detailed on the next leaf.

Subjects of photographs taken in Russia in the summer of 1859.

No 1. Senate House & Peter Statue from the Observatory tower of the Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg.

No 2. New church of the Saviour, Moskva, from the <Spanow?> Hills at a distance of about 3 miles.

No 3. The same, with part of the <Devikchei?> convent.

No 4 Part of Gateway town in the Kitai Gorod, Moskva, & cross of the Church of the Mother of God of Vladimir.

No 5 Crosses & golden domes of the Church of the Mother of God of Georgia. Kitai Gorod, Moskva.

No 6 Simeonovskië Monastery, Moskva.

No 7, The Kreml of Moskva, from the East.

No 8 The Kreml of Moskva from the South.

No 9 The Ivan Veliki Bell tower in <the?> Kreml of Moskva.

No 10 River side of Kreml, of Moskva, from the East

No 11 Two panels of the brazen gates of <Kersow?>, at Novgorod.

No 12. Starai Goroditchi, (from the Bell tower of the Kreml of Novgorod), the birthplace of the Russians as a nation under Rurik, in 862 A.D.

NB In Nos. 7 to 10, note the rendering of the silver, versus the golden, domes.

Hoping to have the honour of your visit on Friday at 4.30 P.M. as arranged yesterday I remain

Yours very truly

C. Piazzi Smyth

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