38 Inkerman Road Kentish Town London
Novbr 25th/ 65
from yours of yesterday<1> I fancy Mr F Bedford<2> has been the only one that has send [sic] you any thing altho I have been promised by several.. viz, Mr Steven Thompson<3> Architectural subjects, Mr England<4> Alpine views, Mr Nottage <5> Statuary, Mr Blanchard <6> instanteous views, the above gentleman told me they would be delighted to send me their negative, that they would print first copies on paper and forward them to you for approval<7> Mr Vernon Heath <8> has send two views which I herewith enclose likewise Some artistic Subjects from Mr Rylander<9> Mr Mayall<10> has promised Portraits of the Prince consort, Prince of Wales, Lord Palmerstone, & Lord Brougam, but as these negatives ar[e] very valuable and are at Brighton he prefers to take the glass possitives himself which he will do on plates 7 x 5 & 5 x 4 these you may expect in the course of next week, if you have not got them already
Your Obideint Servant
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3. Stephen Thompson, British Museum photographer & traveller.
4. William England (1830-1896), chief photographer for London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co; in 1863, he photographed the Alps with support from the Alpine Club.
5. George Swan Nottage (1823-1885), photographer and co-founder of the London Stereoscopic Company.
6. Valentine Blanchard (1831-1901), a young Daguerreotypist who soon mastered wet collodion and became known for his instantaneous views.
7. WHFT primarily employed other photographers' images for his experiments in photoglyphic engraving. Halves of stereo views were ideal in size and many photographers willingly provided them. Photoglyphic engravings required starting with a photographic positive, ideally on glass - many stereo views were issued this way to start with. In cases where the photographer issued his printed on paper, WHFT needed either the loan of the negative to produce a glass positive, or for the photographer to make a positive specially.
8. Vernon Heath (1820-1895), photographer & author.
9. Oscar Reilander (1813-1875), Swedish born photographer working in England.
10. John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1810-1901), London photographer.