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Document number: 8283
Date: 08 Jan 1861
Recipient: BREWSTER David
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: Edinburgh Photographic Society loan to National Archives of Scotland Edinburgh
Collection number: GD356/21/21
Last updated: 13th May 2010

Sir D. Brewster
&c &c &c

Edinburgh <1>
Janry 8 1861

Dear Sir

The specimens of photoglyphic engraving are all done from Nature <2>

Although numerous small specimens have been obtained, it has been found a matter of some difficulty to apply the Art on a larger scale This arises simply from the difficulty of obtaining large engravings without a fault or blemish in some part or other The principles are the same for both. Some large ones recently made however give hopes that this difficulty will be soon surmounted.

Believe me Yours ever truly
H.F. Talbot

Two books are sent, and 53 loose engravings.

[in unknown hand, on verso:]
8 Jany 1861 Talbot sends photo[g]lyphs


1. 11 Moray Place.

2. WHFT's meaning is ambiguous here. He did produce plates 'from nature', ie, by placing plant specimens on them, but this was mostly associated with his earlier photographic engravings. It is also possible that he is stressing that there is no handwork on the plates.

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