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Document number: 9085
Date: 28 Apr 1866
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BARRAUD Henry
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 25th March 2012

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96 gloucester place
Portman Sqre London W
28 April 1866

Sir

Having understood that there is some way of transferring a photograph to a Steel plate and also engraving the same so as to print in the ordinary way. I shall be very glad if I may so far trespass on your time to learn how and where I can obtain any information on the Subject I also venture to enclose a portion of a photograph 4 ft in length taken from a picture which I am having engraved Hyde Park in 1864 on a Steel plate, [illegible] line, which is both tedious and expensive. it occurred to me that if such a photograph could be transferred chemically to the Steel so as to form a good foundation to be finished by the graver that a great advance in the Art would be made and a great Saving of time and expense effected

I have accidentally met with an etching taken from a photograph of Mr Henry Cole which has the appearance of an acquatint but is an extremely good combination of photography and engraving I believe the invention of Paul Pretch

Having no experience Myself in Photography I shall be greatly obliged by any information that may enable me to arrive at a Satisfactory result

I have the honor to be Sir Yours obedy
Henry Barraud