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Document number: 4219
Date: 20 Mar 1841
Recipient: LUBBOCK John William
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: Royal Society, London
Collection number: LUB38 T28
Last updated: 5th April 2010

Lacock Abbey
March 20. 1841

Dear Sir

I have the pleasure to enclose you a specimen of my Calotype process <1> – It is a view of Clifton. <2> This is only a copy of the original photograph, in which the sharpness of the outlines is a little impaired – In the original the bars of the venetian blinds are easily to be counted with a lens; in the copy they can be made out, though with less distinctness.

Believe me Yours very truly
H. F. Talbot


1. WHFT had not yet revealed the manipulatory details of his new calotype process, which produced a developed negative by taking advantage of a latent image.

2. Clifton, Bristol, on the Avon Gorge. This is probably the view of a street of shops with the Rose Tavern at the left, Schaaf 3500; it was referred to on 18 March 1841 in WHFT’s memorandum book and was most likely taken by Robert Hunt (1807–1887), scientist & photographic historian, and sent to WHFT. This print is preserved in the Herschel Collection at HRHRC (964:054:042).

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