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Document number: 373
Date: 14 Aug 1844
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: AWDRY West
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA44-049
Last updated: 1st September 2003

Chippenham <1>

14 Augt 1844

Dear Sir,

I enclose a copy of Mr Collens <2> reply to your question. it is not quite clear to me what he means, but I apprehend he intends to allow you only £25 prCt upon the 15/– or 10/–only at which he proposes to sell the pictures untouched.

I remain Dear Sir
Your obliged Servt

West Awdry.



29 Somerset Street

Augt 13. 1844

Dear Sir,

In answer to the question as to “what sum I place to Mr Talbots <3> Account as patent dues”? My rule is to debit myself £25 perCt on the selling prices of originals and Copies wch are not more than one guinea, without reference to any thing which I may do to them in the way of my business as as <sic> a Miniature Painter – The Clause in the original Licence which gave rise to the vexed question of working on the Portraits being proposed by Mr Talbot and agreed by me to be considered as not contained therein –

I am Dr Sir &c

“Henry Collen”

H.F.Talbot Esq
Lacock Abbey


1. Chippenham, Wiltshire: largest town near Lacock, 3 miles N.

2. Henry Collen (1800–1879), miniature painter, calotypist & spiritualist, London.

3. William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877).

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